Pulitzer Winner Was Laid Off
But he started Arizona news site with axed editor who supervised heralded series
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 21, 2009 3:39 AM CDT
Former East Valley Tribune reporter Paul Giblin was laid off before he was named a Pulitizer Prize winner for his series on immigration crackdowns.   (AP Photo/Pulitzer Board)
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(Newser) – Pulitzer, Schmulitzer: being a terrific journalist is no insurance against unemployment. East Valley Trib reporter Paul Giblin was laid off from the Arizona paper last year even though he co-authored its series on immigration crackdowns that won a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting yesterday. The supervising metro editor was also let go. But they joined forces to start a political news website, reports Portfolio. "You can do significant work, even in the face of declining resources, if you put your mind to it," said axed editor Patti Epler.