Jo Craven McGinty at Times;
part of 2005 Pulitzer team


1985 Elon graduate Jo Craven McGinty, a member of the writing team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, is also part of a 2005 Pulitzer-winning team.

She joined principal reporter Walt Bogdanich and fellow contributors Jenny Nordberg and Tom Torok in producing the Dec. 30, 2004, New York Times investigative series "Death on the Tracks: How Railroads Sidestep Blame," winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

The series was also honored with recognition by the national organization Investigative Reporters & Editors. The IRE judges' comments said that the reporting team used "sophisticated computer analysis and good old-fashioned reporting," adding that Craven and her colleagues gave Bogdanich evidence that helped illuminate the way U.S. railroad companies have "systematically shirked their responsibility to safeguard rail crossings, leading to injury and death on isolated byways across America."

IRE reports that the series spurred railroads to take corrective actions and led federal officials to tighten procedures for reporting accidents and signal malfunctions.

McGinty's other work at the Times has included an analysis of delays on the New York subway system and a look at Gov. George Pataki's state budgets.

She started her news career on the small scale, working for the Burlington Times-News and newspapers in Durham, N.C. She had her first Pulitzer experience in 1999, when she worked as a database reporter for The Washington Post. She moved to Missouri, where she worked with the Investigative Reporters & Editors and as an academic adviser to the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting while she taught computer-assisted reporting at the University of Missouri. She worked for several years as an investigative reporter for Newsday before joining the New York Times in 2004. She is also the author of the IRE Beat Book "Home Mortgage Lending: How to Detect Disparities."

McGinty continues to travel the nation to speak at IRE and NICAR investigative reporting workshops. Her husband, Tom McGinty, is a staff writer for Newsday.

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