Tampa Bay Times wins Pulitzer for homeless series and an Education program provides free newspapers to schools

04/22/14 Rob Lorei
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Tags: Pulitzer prize Tampa Bay TImes, Sue Bedry, Newspaper in Education, Elieen Flanagan, The Earth Quaker Action Team


Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Tampa Bay Times reporters Will Hobson, 29, and Michael LaForgia, 30 who won a Pulitzer prize this year- one of journalism’s highest awards. Their series of reports on Hillsborough County’s Homeless Recovery program revealed that the agency funneled millions of public dollars to slumlords and placed families in unsafe living conditions.

Later Rob speaks Sue Bedry with Newspapers in Education, a program that provides newspapers for free to schools as an educational resource – sort of a a "living textbook". In the Tampa Bay area, teachers order more than 5 million newspapers for their classrooms every year. Also, the Newspaper In Education team at the Tampa Bay Times is gearing up for a big online fundraising event that starts next week.

Rob also airs an interview with Eileen Flanagan with The Earth Quaker Action Team. Today in Tampa, environmental activists plan to call on PNC Financial- one of the largest banks in Pennsylvania--to stop funding mountaintop removal. Elizabeth Flanagan and a group of supporters say they plan to hold a non-violent action when PNC shareholders meet at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa's Westshore business district.

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