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Name:
Janet Cooke
Born:
?
Died:
n/a
'80s Claim to Fame:
Received Pulitzer Prize
for False Story

Notes:
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 (wpb@usa.net)
Contributing Editor
Worth Magazine
From a footnote in —A Good Line— by Ben Bradlee, p 435

See also:

Related links:
Media Ethics: Some Specific Problems. , The Pulitzer Prizes

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