Kathleen "Kat" McGrory '05, former editor of The Spectator and current deputy investigations editor at the Tampa Bay Times, was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "impactful reporting, based on sophisticated data analysis, that revealed an alarming rate of patient fatalities following Johns Hopkins’ takeover of a pediatric heart treatment facility." She and her colleague, investigative reporter Neil Bedi, wrote a series of eight articles from April through December 2018 on the topic.
Earlier in the year, their series on a troubled children's heart surgery program the pair won the prestigious George Polk Award for local reporting. They also tied for first place in a national competition held by Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.
McGrory had previously been a reporter at The Miami Herald and joined the Times in 2015.