Cape Fear Pride takes us to a very proud moment in Columbus County history. Central Middle Schoolers, Carly and Margaret High, give us the scoop on a prize winning publication. Carly: The News Reporter and the Tabor City Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for their fight against the Ku Klux Klan. The KKK was a group of white supremacists throughout Columbus County and the south who'd burn crosses and beat people who had views different than their own...such as Catholics, blacks and Jews. Editor of the news reporter, Willard Cole, and the editor of the Tabor City Tribune, Horace Carter, wrote articles and editorials about the KKK. With many threats in their professional and personal lives, they kept reporting through the three-year battle. Margaret: Willard C. Cole did not intend to win the Pulitzer Prize, but gladly accepted it. Same for Carter. The KKK became even more publicized with the news articles. Same as it was for our great grandfather, Leslie S. Thompson, who let them be published. The News Reporter and the Tabor City Tribune were applauded and were given hard response to the articles. Some people stopped advertisement and stopped subscriptions to the NR and the Tribune, for they were supporters of the KKK. The NR and the Tribune were the first small town newspapers to wind the Pulitzer Prize. The investigation of the KKK by the News Reporter and the Tabor City Tribune shows the roles that newspapers can have in righting some of the wrongs in our communities.
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