The Pulitzer prizes were announced this week. It’s been fun the past day or so to see who was acknowledged (Portlanders Matt Bors and Jack Ohman were finalists for the Pulitzer Award for Cartooning!) and who was missed (no Pulitzer for fiction this year??)
But one particularly significant recognition was this year’s Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting. According to the Pulitzer organization, this category was presented to David Kocieniewski of The New York Times “for his lucid series that penetrated a legal thicket to explain how the nation’s wealthiest citizens and corporations often exploited loopholes and avoided taxes.”
Kocieniewski received this honor for his entire series “But Nobody Pays That,” but you probably best recognize his work on G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether, just one of Kocieniewski’s articles in the series where he exposes how corporations and the rich abuse our tax system and its many loopholes.