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Newsday's 1954 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public (Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

Newsday's 1954 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public service, which was awarded for an expose of race track scandals and labor racketeering, which led to the extortion indictment, guilty plea and imprisonment of labor racketeer William C. DeKoning.

Newsday's Pulitzer Prize awards

The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for achievements in U.S. newspaper journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University. The first prizes were awarded in 1917. Newsday has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist for 18 additional prizes.

Walt Handelsman of Newsday was honored with the
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Walt Handelsman of Newsday was honored with the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning on April 16, 2007.

Dele Olojede speaks at a celebration on April
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Dele Olojede speaks at a celebration on April 4, 2005, in the auditorium at Newsday's offices in Melville after winning the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for a series of articles he wrote on Rwanda. J. Conrad Williams Jr. took photographs for the series.

On April 4, 2005, Newsday newsroom employees celebrate
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On April 4, 2005, Newsday newsroom employees celebrate after the announcement that the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting had been won by former staff member Dele Olojede for a series of articles on Rwanda. The photographer for the series, J. Conrad Williams Jr., stands at left. Olojede's wife Amma Ogan stands next to him while editor John Mancini talks to deputy managing editor Lonnie Isabel, seated, who edited the series.

Newsday classical music critic Justin Davidson won the
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Newsday classical music critic Justin Davidson won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

Newsday music critic Justin Davidson and his wife,
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Newsday music critic Justin Davidson and his wife, Ariella Budick, celebrate as it is announced on April 8, 2002, that Davidson has won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

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Newsday's editorial staff celebrate on April 7, 1997,
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Newsday's editorial staff celebrate on April 7, 1997, as it is announced that they won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in spot news reporting for the paper's coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in July 1996.

Newsday editor Tony Marro stands on a desk
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Newsday editor Tony Marro stands on a desk to speak to the newsroom staff on April 7, 1997, after the announcement that they had won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in spot news reporting for coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in July of 1996.

The Newsday editorial staff is shown in front
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The Newsday editorial staff is shown in front of the paper's Melville headquarters following the announcement that Newsday won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting for its coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800. (April 7, 1997)

Pulitzer Prize winner Laurie Garrett is applauded on
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Pulitzer Prize winner Laurie Garrett is applauded on April 9, 1996, by Newsday Managing Editor Howard Schneider and Deputy Science Editor Reg Gail, upon hearing that she won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for a series of stories she wrote on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Zaire

Newsday's Bob Keeler accepts congratulations from colleagues at
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Newsday's Bob Keeler accepts congratulations from colleagues at the newspaper upon hearing that he had won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting for a series of stories he had written about St. Brigid parish in Westbury. (April 9, 1996)

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Bob Keeler hugs Laurie Garrett upon hearing that
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Bob Keeler hugs Laurie Garrett upon hearing that they both won 1996 Pulitzers. Keeler won for beat reporting on a progressive Roman Catholic parish and Garrett won for explanatory journalism for her reports from Zaire on the Ebola virus. (April 9, 1996)

Stephanie Saul and Brian Donovan, standing center, with
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Stephanie Saul and Brian Donovan, standing center, with other Newsday staff members as they find out they were awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for their stories about police officers who abused the disability pay system. (April 18, 1995)

New York Newsday's Jim Dwyer, who won the
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New York Newsday's Jim Dwyer, who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, celebrates with his family and Newsday colleagues at Newsday's office at 2 Park Ave. in Manhattan. (April 18, 1995)

Roy Gutman of Newsday won the 1993 Pulitzer
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Roy Gutman of Newsday won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for his stories that disclosed atrocities and other human rights violations in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. (April 1993)

Newsday publisher Bob Johnson congratulates New York Newsday
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Newsday publisher Bob Johnson congratulates New York Newsday editor Don Forst on April 7, 1992, for the Newsday staff winning a 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting for coverage of a midnight subway derailment in Manhattan that left five passengers dead and more than 200 injured.

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Newsday's Patrick J. Sloyan won the 1992 Pulitzer
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Newsday's Patrick J. Sloyan won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for his investigative stories written after the Persian Gulf War which revealed new details of American battlefield tactics and "friendly fire" incidents. (April 7, 1992)

Patrick Sloyan and his wife Phyllis listen as
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Patrick Sloyan and his wife Phyllis listen as Newsday editor Tony Marro, left, announces that Sloyan won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. (April 7, 1992)

Newsday's 1985 Pulitzer Prize winners: Ozier Muhamad, left,
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Newsday's 1985 Pulitzer Prize winners: Ozier Muhamad, left, Murry Kempton, Dennis Bell and Josh Friedman. Friedman and Bell, reporters, and Muhammad, a photographer, won a Pulitzer in international reporting for their series on the plight of the hungry in Africa. Kempton won a Pulitzer for commentary for witty and insightful reflection on public issues in 1984 and throughout a distinguished career.

Newsday columnist Murray Kempton won the 1985 Pulitzer
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Newsday columnist Murray Kempton won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for witty and insightful reflection on public issues in 1984 and throughout a distinguished career. (Jan. 30, 1981 file photo)

A Newsday team of reporters won the 1984
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A Newsday team of reporters won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in the category of local general or spot news reporting for their coverage of Baby Jane Doe, a severly handicapped child whose case led to a national debate on medical ethics, parental responsibility and the role of government in matters once considered solely the province of family.

Emily Genauer of Newsday Syndicate won the 1974

Emily Genauer of Newsday Syndicate won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize in the criticism category for her writing about art and artists.

Les Payne, Knut Royce and Bob Greene, who
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Les Payne, Knut Royce and Bob Greene, who were part of a team Newsday journalists who worked on a collection of stories that won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for public service, pose in a poppy field. The 32-part series, "The Heroin Trail," followed the drug from poppy fields in Turkey, to processors in France, to dealers on Long Island.

Newsday's 1974 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public
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Newsday's 1974 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public service for the newspaper's series "The Heroin Trail"

Newsday's original investigations team, under the leadership of
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Newsday's original investigations team, under the leadership of editor Bob Greene, left, won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1970 for a three-year investigation of secret land deals in Eastern Long Island which led to a series of criminal convictions, discharges and resignations among public and political officeholders.

Newsday artist Tom Darcy, shown here March 1971,
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Newsday artist Tom Darcy, shown here March 1971, won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.