Pulitzer winner returns to roots at Mtn. View High

Jose Antonio Vargas, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post, returned last week to his alma mater, Mountain View High School, to talk to students about the importance of a good education. He’s seen here talking with his mentor, former Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School Superintendent Rich Fischer. The Los Altos Town Crier covered his talk: Vargas, mixing humor with humility and an ability to poke fun at his naiveté, described going to the National Mall in

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Pulitzer awarded for James Kim stories

The story of James Kim of San Francisco, who died in an attempt to rescue his stranded family in the Oregon mountains, resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. Above, in this AP photo, Oregonian editor Sandy Rowe rejoices this morning over the news that her paper won the Pulitzer for breaking news. Once again, no Bay Area newspaper won a Pulitzer this year. Cities with newspapers that did win included New York, Los Angeles, Boston,

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Pulitzer proposed for KR’s pre-war coverage

Two years ago, the Pulitzer committee turned down an entry from Knight Ridder’s Washington Bureau for its reports challenging the Bush administration during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq. “Those stories arguably were of Pulitzer Prize quality. After all, while much of the press joined in lock-step with the administration’s march to war, Knight Ridder (now McClatchy Newspapers) and its three correspondents [Jonathan S. Landay, Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott] had the courage to buck the tide and

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