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Hall of Fame - Alan White
Under Al White’s stewardship, the Eagle-Tribune has won two Pulitzer Prizes and finished as a finalist two other times – a feat that few, if any, other community or suburban paper in the country has accomplished. Due to his guidance the Eagle-Tribune has also won numerous other national, regional and state awards for investigative, accountability and spot news journalism. He started as a cub reporter and steadily rose to night editor, city editor, managing editor and, for the past several years, editor. With an unwavering commitment to serving the public welfare with integrity, fairness and excellence, Al is the heart and soul of the Eagle-Tribune. Here are few highlights of his contribution to its distinguished journalism:
• A Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for an investigation that revealed serious flaws in the Massachusetts prison furlough system that led to convicted murderer Willie Horton walking out on a life prison term and committing assault, robbery and rape. The investigation ended the furlough program and resulted in other significant statewide criminal justice reforms.
• Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for sportswriter Russ Conway’s investigative reporting on the corrupt business practices of Alan Eagleson, the head of the National Hockey League’s Players Association.
• Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for the paper’s coverage of the Malden Mills fire that destroyed the textile factory, Lawrence’s largest employer, and had a devastating effect on the local economy.
• A Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for the paper’s stories on the drowning of four immigrant youths in the icy waters of the Merrimack River only 10 days before Christmas. As a reporter and editor at the Eagle-Tribune for more than three decades Al has earned the respect of his peers, newsmakers, academics and – most importantly – the paper’s readers.