In the next seven days of the heroin epidemic, at least 180 people in Greater Cincinnati will overdose and 18 will die. Babies will be born to addicted mothers. Parents will go to jail. Children will end up in foster care. This is normal now.
The Cincinnati Enquirer staff has won a Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category.
The story “Seven Days of Heroin” was recognized by the Pulitzer board “for a riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati’s heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and communities.”
The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, videographers and photographers into the community to chronicle the story.
“I’m so thrilled and happy for the staff of The Enquirer,” said Peter Bhatia, editor and vice president of the Detroit Free Press who led The Enquirer when the story was published. “This project was the product of the entire staff and everyone, everyone there deserves credit for it.
“It was not only our great journalists being rewarded, but a fantastic newsroom family is being rewarded.”
The story chronicled an “ordinary” week for people dealing with the heroin crisis, from those facing addiction and their families, to paramedics and police officers.
“My hope is that the Pulitzer recognition, so richly deserved, exposes even more people to the project, because the events chronicled in Seven Days of Heroin continue, and people remain desperate for help,” said Enquirer Editor Beryl Love.
Two other newsrooms in Gannett, The Enquirer’s parent company, also won Pulitzer Prizes. The staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won for “The Wall,” an examination of every mile of U.S.-Mexico border. Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register won for editorial writing.
This is the second Pulitzer win for The Enquirer. Jim Borgman won for editorial cartooning in 1991.