One thousand e-mails; Pulitzer Prize for feature writing 2003, plus 20 other awards. It will soon become an HBO mini-series.
Telling anecdote: Nazario got calls and emails from people who were angry that the series did not run on consecutive days, people calling saying they got up early to go get the paper wanting to know "Where the hell is today's installment?"
Jacqueline Saburido is a young woman whose old life vanished in flames on a September night in 1999.
An 18-year-old drunken driver veered over the yellow line. Two passengers in Jacqui's car died, and Jacqui was left burned over 60 percent of her body.
Staff writer David Hafetz and photographer Rudy Gonzalez spent nearly a year, chronicling Jacqui's life and the devotion of her father, Amadeo, for this 5,000 word feature story that became an instrument of public service in the community.
“ We got hundreds of e-mails from all over the world, from a tiny village in Colombia to big media outlets in Mexico City.
“ Just last week (March 2004) we got another order for 100,000 copies of the reprint that will be distributed in schools throughout Texas by the Dept. of Transportation. That brings our reprint total to about a half million.
Web page views for the project May 2002-July 2003 were 6.98 million.” -- Maria Henson, AME, projects.
Four-hundred-fifty e-mails and about as many phone calls. Pulitzer finalist 2003.
Telling anecdote: Schultz said that she was about three months into the reporting for the series when one of the main characters she was reporting on was standing on the lawn watching her get into her car and he said, "I can't believe you keep coming back here and it's not because someone got murdered."
Sukhwinder Sing Dhillon lied, cheated, committed bigamy _ and murdered using strychnine. The immigrant had gone back to find wives in his native India, and returned with them to his new home in Canada.
Then he killed them.
For years he got away with it, until an insurance investigator and two determined detectives brought him to justice.
On Jan. 25, 2003, two days after Dhillon went to prison, the Spectator began publishing Poison , a 31-part series that ran two broadsheet pages each weekday and SIX in the weekend edition.
Several hundred e-mails, numerous phone calls and letters.
Telling anecdote: “Many readers were moved to shared their own stories with us. Some of them were opening up about family secrets for the first time. Their stories were often as dark as my mother’s yet they held nothing back.” – Howard Reich