From Kevin Roderick’s bio: "Kevin is a Contributing Writer at Los Angeles magazine, reporting mostly on politics and media. Before launching LA Observed in 2003 he was the founding Los Angeles bureau chief for the late Industry Standard magazine. Before that he spent two decades as a staff writer, line editor and senior editor at the Los Angeles Times, specializing in in-depth projects and coverage of politics, urban affairs and the state of California. He shared in two Pulitzer Prizes awarded for staff coverage of the Rodney King riots and the Northridge earthquake."
Does that mean that everyone who worked on these series (must be more than 50 people) shared in these Pulitzers? Does it mean his name is inscribed on the Pulitzers (awarded in 1993 and 1995, right?)? I don’t think you can claim a Pulitzer unless you were specifically awarded one.
When the LA Times won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the Northridge earthquake, all the stories were bylined. Kevin Roderick’s name was not on the bylines. He was an editor in the Metro section but I’m not sure they give Pulitzers for editing. It seems like a stretch to say that you shared in a Pulitzer when your name wasn’t on any of the stories awarded.
Carol Stogsdill, a former LAT editor who accepted the Pulitzer on behalf of the paper, is now Roderick’s boss at UCLA.
Luke: "Which members of the media have taken greatest exception to your writing on them?"
Cathy: "Robert Scheer is still resentful and he refers to me as evil. There was a funny time when I called up Noel Greenwood, an old City editor at the LA Times. I had to ask him if he did have an affair with Carol Stogsdill, the really mean sub-editor that everybody hated and was the then-ranking woman at the Times."
Luke: "That’s a horrible question to have to ask."
Cathy agrees. "I was very dutiful. I call him up. ‘I’m sorry I have to ask you this but…’ He replies, ‘Hahaha, that’s none of your business.’ I say, ‘That’s fair enough. I just had to ask you.’ And I’m about to say goodbye, when he says, ‘And I don’t respect your work.’ Click.
"That’s one advantage that calling people has over email. You’d much rather email people that question but if you don’t call them, you don’t hear their voice. I confirmed that he’s pompous and insufferable, which couldn’t have been done through email. Noel was angry."
Last week, Kevin Roderick called duped LAT reporter Chuck "Philips, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter."
Eric Longabardi pointed out to me that Philips won a Pulitzer for beat reporting, not investigative reporting.