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Pulitzer Prizes / Fraud #71099

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 15, 1981
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(Studio) "Washington Post" reported unable to accept Pulitzer Prize due to fraudulent article concerning 8-yr.-old heroin addict.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Article by Janet Cooke reported fabrication; details given. ["Post's" publisher Don. GRAHAM - recalls Cooke's account of story.] Details of article recalled. [Policy spokesperson Gary HANKINS - notes extent of police search for boy.] "Post" said apologizing to major and police department [HANKINS - says police would respond in same way if article appeared again.] Graham's account of Cooke's fraud, include her claim to have graduated from Vassar and University of Toledo, mentioned. Photos shown.
REPORTER: Jim Wooten

(Studio) Item recapped at end of bdcast.

Reynolds, Frank;
Wooten, Jim

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