Miriam Ottenberg
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Miriam Ottenberg

Miriam Ottenberg (October 7, 1914 in Washington, D.C. - November 10, 1982) was the first woman news reporter for The Washington Star who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960, for a series of articles exposing the practices of unscrupulous used car dealers in Washington D.C. Her follow-up stories led to enactment of remedial law.[1]

With several honors and awards given during her career, she also was one of the first reporters to reveal that the Mafia was an organized crime network.[1]

Books published

  • "The Warren commission report: the assassination of president Kennedy " Miriam Ottenberg
  • "The Pursuit of Hope" Ottenberg, Miriam ISBN 9780892560691
  • "The Federal Prosecutors (Prentice-Hall), a book about the FBI(1962)"

Honorable mention awards

  • Co-winner of the Washington Newspaper Guild competition for public service articles in 1953.
  • Honorable mention awards in the same category in 1954 and 1958, and in 1959.
  • Pulitzer Prize in 1960 for best investigation report: "Buyer Beware".
  • Bill Pryor Award of the Washington Newspaper Guild for her series on used car fraud, "Buyer Beware."
  • First place in the local news category for her stories on an abortion ring and on murders of women.
  • In May 1958, capital police, jurists, and local and federal government officials held a party to pay tribute to Ottenberg's efforts against crime.
  • She was given awards for distinction by the National Council of Jewish Women in 1963 and by the American Association of University Women in 1975.
  • In 1979 she won the Hope Chest Award from the National Capital Chapter of the National MS Society.


  1. ^ a b Elizabeth A. Brennan, Elizabeth C. Clarage, eds., Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999), ISBN 978-1573561112, p. 356. Excerpts available at Google Books.

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