Amy Ellis Nutt has been awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
From The Star-Ledger:
“Nutt’s story, ‘The Wreck of the Lady Mary,’ ran as a 20-page special section in November 2010. Nutt and videographer/graphic artist Andre Malok investigated the mysterious sinking of a fishing boat off the coast of New Jersey in 2009. The pair spent more than seven months reporting the project and, in addition to the newspaper stories, Malok produced a 24-minute documentary.
“We are honored and grateful,” Star-Ledger editor Kevin Whitmer said. “Amy had a passion for this project from the beginning, and I’d like to think the judges recognized her relentless reporting just as much as the writing.
“And in Andre, she had a partner who pushed her, challenged her and helped her deliver a landmark set of stories.”
Publisher Richard Vezza called it “a great day for The Star-Ledger and all the people who work here. The Pulitzer prize is something every newspaper dreams of winning. It’s an honor for me to be associated with such a talented and committed group of journalists.”
The Star-Ledger spent months investigating the sinking of a Cape May-based scallop boat that left six dead and spared just one crew member. This five-chapter series was printed in a 20-page special Sunday Star-Ledger section and was presented over four days on NJ.com.”