Special Reports

April 15, 1980

Globe Spotlight Team members from Pulitzer-winning report

Tom Winship, Bill Taylor, Sandy Hawes, Joan Venocchi, Nils Brazelius, Ellen Goodman, Steve Kurkjian, and Bill Henry celebrated Pulitzer Prizes in 1980.
Globe File/1980
Thomas Winship, William Taylor, Sandy Hawes, Joan Venocchi, Nils Brazelius, Ellen Goodman, Stephen Kurkjian, and Bill Henry celebrated Pulitzer Prizes in 1980.

Editor’s Note: This article originally ran on April 15, 1980, after a series of Globe reports won a Pulitzer Prize.

A look at the reporters and editors who worked on the “powerfully effective” report on the MBTA’s operation.

Team editor Stephen A. Kurkjian, 36, has been a member of the team since its inception in l970, and editor since last June . . . has participated in all of the many award-winning efforts of the group, which include exposes on corruption in Somerville, no-show public employees, ripoffs in vocational education, high incidence of cancer among radiation workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard . . . a Boston native, Kurkjian is a graduate of Boston University and Suffolk University Law School . . . his wife, Ann, was researcher for the team in l972 when it won previous Pulitzer.

Alexander B. (Sandy) Hawes Jr., 32, has been a reporter with The Globe since l976 and a Spotlight Team member from l978 until December l979 when he joined City Hall Bureau . . . researched and wrote the articles which focused on union control over key decisions within the MBTA . . . previously worked as reporter for the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, and the Colorado Springs Sun.


Nils J. A. Bruzelius, 33, joined The Globe in l970 from Associated Press Boston Bureau . . . before joining Spotlight Team in 1979, was State House correspondent and medical writer . . . did articles on pilferage and police problems within MBTA . . . born in Stockholm, Sweden, he spent most of his growing years there and in South America.

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Robert Porterfield, 32, was assigned to Spotlight from Economy Department to work on pension phase of MBTA series . . . a l978 Nieman Fellow, he was a member of the Anchorage Daily News reporting team that won l976 Pulitzer for Meritorious Public Service.

Joan Vennochi, 27, has been a Spotlight Team researcher since June l976 ... Boston University graduate . . . was reporter for Danbury, Conn., News Times before joining Globe . . . researched and wrote articles in series that centered on MBTA’s failure to hire minorities and women.