Janet Cooke relinquishes Pulitzer Prize

April 15, 1981

Janet Cooke relinquishes Pulitzer Prize

On April 13, 1981, Janet Cooke was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing on her profile of an 8-year-old heroin addict. Two days later, Cooke admitted the story was a fake and relinquished the Pulitzer Prize.

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