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Pulitzer Prize scandal

Duration:
10 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 12 April 2012

In 1981 a Pulitzer Prize was awarded to a young journalist who had made-up her story.

Janet Cooke worked for the Washington Post, and she had fabricated a tale of an eight year old heroin addict.

The scandal ended her journalistic career and tarnished the Post's reputation.

Photo: ABC News.

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