The newspaper was honored with a Pulitzer for its coverage of the shooting deaths of 11 people and the wounding of seven others Oct. 27 at the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill. The judges called the staff’s work “immersive, compassionate coverage … that captured the anguish and resilience of a community thrust into grief.”
But what to do with that $15,000? Staffers felt the horrendous events of that day made it difficult to fully savor one of the country’s highest honors for journalistic achievement. And splitting the monetary award among those who had participated in the news coverage just didn’t seem right.
PG Publisher John Robinson Block had a suggestion — donate the prize money to Tree of Life to help it repair its bullet-riddled temple in Squirrel Hill.