On this day in Alabama history: Birmingham News’ Brett Blackledge won the Pulitzer Prize

On this day in Alabama history: Birmingham News’ Brett Blackledge won the Pulitzer Prize
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Brett Blackledge with the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting. (Image courtesy of The Pulitzer Prizes)

April 16, 2007

Birmingham News reporter Brett Blackledge won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism on April 16, 2007. Blackledge attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham and earned a B.A. in journalism at Louisiana State University in 1986. He went to work in New Orleans with the Associated Press. He later moved to AP bureaus in Jackson, Mississippi, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, before taking a job with The Journal in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1993, Blackledge returned to Alabama, serving as a local government reporter at the Mobile Register. In 1998, he moved to The Birmingham News, covering general assignments and special projects. Blackledge’s investigation into wrongdoing in the Alabama two-year college system resulted in a string of front-page stories beginning in April 2006. For exposing the scandal, Blackledge was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting on April 16, 2007.

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