1966

Clips from the Globe's first Pulitzer

The Boston Globe won its first Pulitzer Prize ever in 1966 for this series of reports that derailed the nomination of Francis X. Morrissey for a federal judgeship due to concerns about his competence. The Globe's legendary editor Thomas Winship had taken the helm in 1965 and the prize -- in the prestigious "public service" category -- marked the emergence of the newspaper as a major force in investigative reporting. The Globe won 12 Pulitzer Prizes under Winship, who retired in 1984.

Pulitzer citation (May 2, 1966)

"With the support of the politically powerful Kennedy family, the Massachusetts bar Association and much of the legal community, a local judge appears certain to win nomination to the Federal Bench. The Globe, questioning his credentials, mounts a massive, in-depth investigation of the candidate’s background and reveals information that results in his withdrawal from consideration. A 10-member team of reporters and editors share in the prize.”