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