While Westport hailed Tyler Hicks for his 3rd Pulitzer Prize this week — he won for Breaking News in Photography — another Staples grad also captured journalism’s top prize.
Leonora LaPeter Anton — SHS ’82, when she was Leonora Bohen — was part of a Tampa Bay Times/Sarasota Herald-Tribune team that was honored for Investigative Reporting.
The Pulitzer website says the 2 news organizations collaborated on a report that “revealed escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals and laid the blame at the door of state officials.”
The site notes that Anton’s stories “veer toward the unusual: a surrogate mother who can’t get pregnant; a broke couple who rent rooms in their mansion; a boy who says his girlfriend raped him.”
She grew up in Connecticut and Greece and studied journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked for the Okeechobee News in Okeechobee, the Island Packet on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the Tallahassee Democrat in Tallahassee and theSavannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga.
She joined the Times in 2000, the same year she won the American Society of News Editors award for deadline reporting.
And if we’ve missed any other Pulitzer Prize winners from Westport, please let us know.
(Hat tip: John McCarthy)