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Globe investigations

A distinguished history of digging up the truth

Investigative reporting has played a defining role in the pages of the Boston Globe since the newspaper emerged as the dominant media organization in the city in the 1960s under crusading editor Thomas L. Winship, Jr.

The Globe won its first Pulitzer Prize ever, in 1966, for investigative reports about a longtime Kennedy family friend who had been nominated by Senator Edward M. Kennedy for a federal judgeship. Reporter Robert L. Healy -- himself a Kennedy friend who played touch football with the senator’s brother Robert -- helped lead a 10-person team that raised numerous doubts about claims on the resume of Francis X. Morrissey, finally forcing Sen. Kennedy to withdraw his nomination for the bench.

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