LA Times: "Los Angeles Times wins 2 Pulitzer Prizes"

Geraldine Baum and Hector Becerra

The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for public service for stories uncovering shocking financial corruption in the city of Bell and another for staff photographer Barbara Davidson for her series chronicling the aftermath of violent crime for victims and their families.

Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives and other Times staff writers wrote about Bell officials who secretly enriched themselves with extravagant salaries and benefits. The Times' reporting led to criminal charges against former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo, who, with his $800,000 salary, became the face of the scandal. Rizzo and seven other current or former city officials were charged with multiple felonies and have been ordered to stand trial.

Davidson won in the feature-photography category. She spent two years recording the struggles of victims and their families to recover from the effects of violent crime.