Katie Couric's Notebook: Pulitzer Prize Winners

2011 Pulitzer winner Ruben Vivens (right).
Today, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced - 20 categories in all, ranging from international and investigative reporting to drama. In the public service category, a story you may remember from the Los Angeles Times about corruption and sky-high salaries among city officials in Bell, California.

It is exactly the kind of reporting Joseph Pulitzer would have celebrated in his days as a newspaper publisher, who would often work from morning until midnight as a champion for Everyman causes.

He once said, "The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations." Thanks to the prestigious journalism school he founded at Columbia University and hard working students all around the country I know there is a future for this profession.

But today, we honor the journalists of the present who would of made Mr. Pulitzer very proud.


That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.