UPDATE: Pulitzer Gold Medal Winner Sticking With ‘Bristol Courier Herald’

By: E&P Staff

Daniel Gilbert — who won this year’s most-coveted Pulitzer Prize, the Gold Medal for Public Service for the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier — intends to stay with the 30,000-circulation paper and continue reporting on natural gas royalties scandal he uncovered, his managing editor told E&P late Monday. The Washington Post reported in its Monday editions that Gilbert had expressed doubts about continuing a career with any newspaper.

Earlier Monday, E&P’s account of the Post article by staff writer Ian Shapira said Gilbert was “seriously considering” leaving journalism, which Herald Courier Managing Editor J. Todd Foster said overstated the Post reporting and was, in any case, not true.

After winning the Pulitzer last Monday, Foster said, “He committed to me that he wanted to see this story through.” Gilbert expressed his desire to stay on the paper after the Post story appeared, Foster added.

“I’m wondering if I’m okay with being a journalist for my career,” Gilbert said in a Post article Monday. “This is the time to consider other careers. I got into journalism because I wanted to be a foreign correspondent, but I don’t see that as a viable career path — not even after (last) Monday’s news.”

Gilbert said he’s thought of going to law school or the U.S. Foreign Service, the Post reported.

One nugget from the article: The series that won the Pulitzer Gold Medal documented how the Pulitzer-winning story about how natural gas companies have underpaid or stiffed landowners on the royalties they owed for drilling. According to J. Todd Foster, the paper’s managing editor, the story attracted “less than half the Web traffic of a story about three local Hooters waitresses” being chosen for the restaurant chain’s 2010 calendar.

This article has been clarified from an earlier version as explained in the text.

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