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Iowa town's editor wins Pulitzer for taking on farm groups
by David Pitt
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11 April 2017
On 11 April 2017 The Associated Press reported:
The owner of a small-town Iowa newspaper who took on powerful agricultural groups for allowing nitrogen runoff to pollute lakes and streams and wrote that the state 'has the dirtiest surface water in America,' won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing on Monday.
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Art Cullen, who owns the Storm Lake Times with his brother John, acknowledged it wasn't easy taking on agriculture in a state that is the nation's top producer of corn and No. 2 in soybeans and where farm fields stretch for hundreds of miles in every direction. The Cullens lost a few friends and a few advertisers, but never doubted they were doing the right thing. . . .
Cullen's writing was lauded by the Pulitzer committee for 'editorials fueled by tenacious reporting, impressive expertise, and engaging writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agricultural interests in Iowa.'
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