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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.

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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.

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.

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