Carol Leonnig ’87 Awarded Pulitzer for Coverage of the Secret Service

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm.

Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig ’87 has been awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her persistent coverage of the Secret Service.

From the Post’s coverage of the award:

The Pulitzer capped a string of journalism honors for Leonnig, a native of Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County. She won the prestigious George Polk Award for her Secret Service reporting in February and was a finalist for the Selden Ring Award for investigative journalism the same month.

“I feel a little strange being the centerpiece of [the Pulitzer] because it involved so many other journalists and involved so many risks by public servants who entrusted me with their confidence and their information,” she said. “Because of them, we were able to peel back the layers of this secretive agency and get the administration to focus on the very strong likelihood that the agency was not all it pretended to be and that posed serious risks for the president.”

Leonnig hasn’t heard from Obama, but that may change later this week. On Saturday, she’ll accept an award from the White House Correspondents’ Association at its annual dinner. The honor includes a private reception with the president beforehand.

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