Stephanie Smith, Michael Moss, E.coli, and a Pulitzer Prize
On April 12, Michael Moss of the NYT was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for his in-depth piece on flaws in the meat inspection system. The article, titled "The Burger That Shattered her Life", ran on the front page of the Sunday, October 3, 2009 edition of the Times. His investigative reporting detailed the path of the ground beef that was eventually purchased by Stephanie Smith's family. The burger she ate was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, and her illness was so severe that she was put into a medically induced coma for months. When doctors were able to bring her out of the coma, she was paralyzed and suffered organ failure and cognitive damage. Two years later, she is still in rehab, trying to walk again.