Toms River Book Garners Pulitzer, Record Is Finalist

Can you hear the champagne corks popping?

Over in Woodland Park, the newsroom at The Record is knocking back some bubbly as Rebecca D. O’Brien and Thomas Mashberg celebrate their finalist status for a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for “their jarring exposure of how heroin has permeated the suburbs of northern New Jersey, profiling addicts and anguished families and mapping the drug pipeline from South America to their community.”

On top of breaking “Bridge-gate,” The Record is having a stellar year in 2014 — and it’s only April.

Dan Fagin might not be a New Jersey native (he was born in Oklahoma City) or current resident (lives in Long Island) but he has been awarded a Pulitzer for general nonfiction for a very New Jersey story — “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” (Bantam Books). The Pulitzer committee said the book “deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research to probe a New Jersey seashore town’s cluster of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution.”

Fagin also is awarded $10,000.

Congratulations to all.

Read about all the winners and finalists here.

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