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Mary Pat Flaherty

Medill Hall of Achievement 2014 Inductee.

Mary Pat Flaherty, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Mary Pat Flaherty came to The Washington Post in 1993 after 15 years at The Pittsburgh Press. She joined The Post as an investigative projects editor for a team of reporters and returned to investigative reporting in 2000. Flaherty continues to work on investigative and long-range projects.  Apart from work she edited, her own work has received numerous national awards including the Pulitzer Prize, George Polk awards, SDX national awards and an Overseas Press Club award. Flaherty and fellow reporter Andrew Schneider won the 1986 Specialized Reporting Pulitzer for an investigation into violations and failures in the U.S. organ transplantation system. Flaherty was a Pulitzer finalist in 1995 for a series about careless and rushed hiring programs by the D.C. police department. She exposed design problems and command pressure at play in a much touted but flawed and lethal Marine helicopter called the V-22 Osprey and the expansive but cloaked work of American drug firms that turn overseas to test experimental drugs in studies that would not clear U.S. ethical hurdles. Most recently, she and a colleague exposed the extent of massive and previously undisclosed losses from fraud and embezzlements at non-profit organizations nationwide and developed a searchable database for donors to see how groups important to them kept an eye on funds. To the extent that there is a pattern to her work it is this: pulling apart complicated subjects in a way that enables readers to understand how they are directly affected by decisions that haven’t drawn attention but ought to have.