Former Sun-Star reporter Corinne Reilly was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for a series she wrote for The Virginian-Pilot on a military combat hospital in Afghanistan.
Reilly covered Merced County government for the Sun-Star, including stories on the Riverside Motorsports Park controversy, and completed two tours covering the war in Iraq for the Sun-Star's parent company, McClatchy Newspapers. She left Merced in 2009 to cover military affairs at the Virginian-Pilot.
Her series, called "A Chance in Hell," was a five-part look at Navy staff and patients at a military hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The Pulitzer board lauded Reilly's work for its ability to bring readers "side-by-side with the medical professionals seeking to save the lives of gravely injured American soldiers at a combat hospital in Afghanistan."
The Pulitzer Prize for feature writing was awarded to Eli Sanders of the Seattle-based weekly newspaper The Stranger.
The other finalist in the features category was John Branch of The New York Times. Branch was a sports writer for The Fresno Bee before moving to the Times.
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