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Watchdog: Accountability

Not all of the Pulitzers were won by the media Goliaths

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NFL players have Most Valuable Player awards. Major League Baseball players strive for Cy Youngs and Gold Gloves. For journalists, it's the Pulitzer.

Every year, when Pulitzers are announced, most of them are awarded to big corporate media outlets with huge staffs and budgets devoted specifically to the contest.

But not always. On Monday, David Philipps, an investigative reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, claimed a Pulitzer for his three-day series, Other Than Honorable.

Philipps exposed the shameful treatment of members of the U.S. military, many of them wounded combat veterans, in the drawdown of American military forces.

Too often, military officials use a little-known bureaucratic process to misidentify symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as the basis for discharge without benefits.

Philipps overcame immense bureaucratic and political obstacles to get a story, and along the way, he unearthed some heartbreaking examples of a system gone terribly wrong.

The Washington Examiner and the Colorado Springs Gazette have a common owner, so it is a pleasure to recognize the superb work of David Philipps and a whole bunch of his newsroom colleagues for a job well done.

Mark Tapscott is executive editor of the Washington Examiner.
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