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Reporting on Iowa’s Polluted Rivers: How the Storm Lake Times Won a Pulitzer

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 19:30
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 21:00

Reporting on Iowa’s Polluted Rivers: How the Storm Lake Times Won a Pulitzer

Tom Cullen, Reporter, Storm Lake Times

September 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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Storm Lake Times wins Pulitzer Prize

In April 2017, Art Cullen, editor of the Storm Lake Times, won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. The editorials candidly told the truth about Iowa’s water and revealed the wealthy interests behind the pollution.

The reporter behind those editorials was Tom Cullen, Art’s 24-year-old son. “Tom did all the heavy lifting on the water works story,” Art said, and "covered the lawsuit, dug into the science and continues to stay on top of the Raccoon River story.”

Tom Cullen has been a reporter for the Storm Lake Times since 2014. He graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2015, and studied economics and music.

Mr. Cullen’s visit is sponsored by Science in the Media, a project to give reporters tools to improve science reporting and strengthen the path between scientific knowledge and the news media in Iowa. See

In advance of Mr. Cullen’s visit, we will also have a discussion of the 10 Pulitzer Prize -winning editorials of the Storm Lake Times editorials on Friday, Sept. 1, at 12 noon in the Rod Library ScholarSpace.

The Storm Lake Times10 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials.


Photo: Editor Art Cullen embraces reporter and son, Tom Cullen, on the Pulitzer announcement on April 10, 2017. Photo by Dolores Cullen.