Trini journalist wins world’s top media prize

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A Trini journalist has won the world’s most prestigious media prize.

Davan Maharaj, a former Express reporter of San Fernando, has led the LA Times to cop the Pulitzer Prize, the most coveted honour in the media industry.

Maharaj is editor-in-chief and publisher of LA Times, one of the largest and most successful newspapers in the United States.

The 134-year-old newspaper has been described as the largest news-gathering organisation on the US west coast, and operates several other publishing and online news services.

LA Times was on Monday honoured for its coverage of the 2015 San Bernardino massacre, said to be the worst terrorist attack in the US after 9-11.

The rampage left 14 people dead and 24 injured.

The newspaper carried extensive coverage, over several days, of the fast-breaking events.

The Pulitzer Board hailed LA Times for “exceptional reporting.”

Shortly after announcement of the award, Maharaj addressed his news staff and said: “This prize belongs to the entire newsroom.”

He hailed the editors and reporters who worked tirelessly on the story.

He said it was also important to remember victims of the shooting.

Maharaj began his journalism career in 1980 at the Express San Fernando offices.

He later migrated, studied and joined LA Times in 1989.

He worked at several of the newspaper’s offices, including as Africa Bureau Chief.

He was appointed last year as editor-in-chief and publisher.

He manages a newsroom of some 700 employees and a budget of US $100 million a year.

Maharaj was last year honoured by the University of the West Indies.

He is son of Sam Maharaj, a former official of the All Trinidad sugar union.

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