Guest post from Hannah Sassaman a committed Philadelphian, longtime media activist, and coalition builder in the media reform movement.
As soon as I saw that the Philadelphia Daily News
– my city’s go-to spot for sports coverage, neighborhood happenings, police reports and news from City Hall – had won a Pulitzer Prize
, I called my dad to celebrate. The Daily News sells itself as the People’s Paper, and it’s the one you see behind the cheesesteak counter, on the ledge on the SEPTA trolley, for sale on Girard and Grey’s Ferry and down at Broad and Pattison.
When the Phillies won the series I sent my dad, born 40 blocks north of me in Overbrook, a copy of the Inquirer and the Daily News, but I have a feeling about which one is up on his wall. When Barack Obama won the presidency, I kept a copy of the Daily News for myself.
Two amazing women won the Pulitzer for my city on Monday – Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman. They investigated corrupt narcotics cops who lied about evidence, and threatened and got violent when the reporters brought the story to light. Their series – Tainted Justice
– bubbles like the best potboiler – until you remember that families’ lives and hundreds of folks accused of crimes were brought down by this corrupt team of police. Laker and Ruderman’s story has resulted in, according to the DN’s victory lap article
in Tuesday’s paper: