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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Wins Pulitzer Prize

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - For the third time in four years, Wisconsin’s largest newspaper has won journalism’s highest honor.

Five Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staffers won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting Monday about a genetic medical breakthrough that saved a 4-year-old boy.

The paper’s series was called “One in a Billion.” It was about young Nicholas Volker, who made over 100 operating room visits for a mysterious disease that kept attacking his gut.

Doctors from Milwaukee Children’s Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin sequenced the boy’s DNA to find answers. The newspaper explained how Nicholas’s genes were sequenced – and how doctors used the data to treat the youngster.

The paper accompanied Nicholas to his doctor visits – it combed his mother’s online journal – and it interviewed over 60 people to explain the complex genetic medicine used to save Nicholas, who’s now 6.

Reporters Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher won the Pulitzer, along with photographer Gary Porter, graphics editor Lou Saldivar, and interactive producer Alison Sherwood.

Last year, the Journal Sentinel won a Pulitzer for its investigation into abuses of the Wisconsin Shares child care program for the working poor. And a 2008 Pulitzer examined Milwaukee County’s pension deals for county employees.

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