Despite feeling the heat of criticisms on CNN in recent months, Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig has won a Pulitzer for her coverage of the U.S. Secret Service.
According to a report in WaPo by media writer Paul Farhi, Leonnig won journalism’s highest award on Monday because of months of months of building sources within the agency. She won in the national reporting category.
“The Washington Post journalist spent months gaining the trust of normally reticent Secret Service agents to produce a series of bombshell stories last year about lapses in presidential security. In the wake of her reporting, which shook the faith in what was commonly viewed as an elite and selfless agency, President Obama replaced more than half of the service’s senior leadership, including its director.”
Leonnig won the George Polk Award in February for her many reports on the Secret Service.
According to WaPo, she’ll accept her award this Saturday at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.