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Go behind the scenes of the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Eric Eyre’s Pulitzer win

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Charleston Gazette-Mail

How did a newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia, beat out the nation’s largest news organizations and earn the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting? Check out the video online at for a behind-the-scenes look on the reporting by Eric Eyre that won the Pulitzer.



Eyre, along with Gazette-Mail Executive Editor Rob Byers and Publisher Susan Shumate, talk about the dogged investigations, reporting and open-records requests that led to the prize-winning stories on how drug wholesalers flooded the state with millions of doses of opioids to small-town pharmacies across rural West Virginia.

The reporting brought national attention to West Virginia and led to changes in how drug wholesalers operate in the state. As the Pulitzer Prize judges put it, the Gazette-Mail won the Pulitzer “for courageous reporting, performed in the face of powerful opposition, to expose the flood of opioids flowing into depressed West Virginia counties with the highest overdose death rates in the country.”

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