(Host) The editorial writer of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, New York, says the Pulitzer Prize that he won this week shows the value of small newspapers.
Mark Mahoney was recognized for editorials that focused on open government.
The judges cited Mahoney’s – quote – "relentless, down-to-earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their right to know."
Mahoney says he thinks that’s a responsibility of a local newspaper.
(Mahoney) “I kind of like being at this kind of level because this is where you can really effect change. When you write an editorial, it doesn’t just kind of go out into cyberspace and people kind of go, `Ahh. Uh huh.’ And then just kind of ignore it. They actually have a chance, especially when you’re writing about local issues, people have a chance to act on it."
(Host) The Post-Star was the smallest newspaper to win a Pulitzer this year.
Mahoney says he was running errands when the prizes were announced and didn’t even know he’d won until a staff meeting was called to celebrate after he returned to the paper.