|On April 13, 1981, Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a story titled "Jimmy's World" about an 8-year-old heroin addict. On April 15 she confessed that there really was no "Jimmy," that he represented a composite of child addicts and that her story was, in fact, fiction. She returned the prize and resigned.
After the incident, "Janet Cooke worked as a
salesclerk in Washington. She toyed with a film script about her
experiences. She married a Washington lawyer and briefly moved to Paris
with him, but the marriage failed. She declined an invitation to talk
with me for this book."William P. Barrett (email@example.com)
From a footnote in —A Good Line— by Ben Bradlee, p 435