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South Bay paper revels in its first-ever Pulitzer Prize
South Bay paper revels in its first-ever Pulitzer Prize

When the big announcement came, no one in the newsroom believed the paper could actually win. There was no gathering planned, no food platters, no champagne. Then, suddenly, city editor Frank Suraci let out a scream. "Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Are you kidding me?" The results came in Monday afternoon and staffers at the Daily Breeze, with its seven-reporter newsroom, learned they had just won their first-ever Pulitzer Prize. The 63,000-circulation newspaper in Torrance took the award for local reporting for a six-month investigation that revealed possible corruption in a cash-strapped school district. More than 50 stories by reporters Rob Kuznia and Rebecca Kimitch —...

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