The Pulitzer win is the second for Ms. Remkus, who also won in 2021 for a yearlong investigation into the damage that police dogs inflict on Americans. Ms. Remkus said in an interview that it took a second win for her to realize that the first hadn’t been a fluke. She celebrated her last prize win by adopting a cat, Samuel Pulitzer Seaborn, and she’s looking forward to getting a second rescue after the hubbub subsides.
Ms. Remkus added that she was optimistic about the future of local news in Alabama despite the company’s recent decision to stop printing newspapers.
“Whether it’s coming in the form of a newspaper or whether it’s coming online, it’s the journalism that matters,” Ms. Remkus said before pausing to let Samuel into the room. “And I don’t think that the delivery method is stopping us from doing that work.”
Ramsey Archibald celebrated the Pulitzer win on Monday at his home in Birmingham. He said in an interview that the investigation into Brookside was done primarily through in-person visits to the town, and phone calls and video conferences with his colleagues, because his company had not yet put a formal return-to-office plan in place. In fact, Alabama Media Group’s staff members in Birmingham are between newsrooms at the moment, preventing the team from popping champagne alongside cubicles underneath fluorescent lights.
John Archibald said that he had worried about the prospect of his son getting into the journalism industry, which has been freighted with economic anxiety for the past several decades. But he said he knew from experience that it was useless to try to stand in his son’s way.
Also: He was out of town on a reporting assignment when Ramsey Archibald was hired.
“I would never discourage him, because from my own life, I know that the only thing that matters is what kind of feeling you get from your job,” John Archibald said.