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Jerry Kammer, the former Copley Press reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s bribery scandal, weighs in on the state of the Union-Tribune in a column for Notre Dame’s alumni magazine.

Woven into a lengthy piece about the state of the nation’s investigative journalism, Kammer offers a few insights about his former employer. He writes:

Two years ago, I had one of journalism’s peak experiences. At a ceremony on the campus of Columbia University, I stepped onto a platform with three colleagues to receive the Tiffany crystal trophy that embodies the Pulitzer Prize.

At the end of 2007, I slid into one of journalism’s biggest ditches. Sizing up the declining fortunes of my newspaper company, I accepted a buyout rather than expose myself to the inevitable coming layoffs. …

The diminishing resources of The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Washington bureau make it unlikely that the bureau will be able to follow another story like the Cunningham scandal with anything like the rigor we brought to it in 2005.

ROB DAVIS

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