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Jake Bernstein, Former New Times Staffer, Wins Pulitzer

We're chugging Mad Dog at the New Times offices this afternoon in honor of an alum. Jake Bernstein, a former New Times staff writer whose work appeared in our pages from 1997 through 2002, has won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Now writing for non-profit investigative news agency ProPublica, Bernstein shared honors with Jesse Eisinger-- we don't know him, but we're sure he's cool-- for their multi-media work on Wall Street practices that helped lead to the financial meltdown. You can see some of Bernstein and Eisinger's work here.

Meanwhile, The Miami Herald was shut out from the awards in especially smarting fashion. For the first time in Pulitzer history, no prize was given for breaking local news, the category for which the Herald was nominated. In the Breaking News Photography category, meanwhile, the award did go to a newspaper's coverage of the devastation in Haiti-- that's in your wheelhouse, Herald!-- and that newspaper was... The Washington Post.

New Times was snubbed this year. I'ma let you finish, Pulitzer, but did you even read our searing feature on the stripper bus?

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