"Our Costly Dilemma" - Edgar (Ed) May - Buffalo Evening News



The series examines welfare inefficiencies - and the ease with which some who are not needy can take advantage of the aid - based on six months of reporting, including Ed May's three-month undercover stint as a welfare case worker in Erie County, New York. 

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Magazine, Newspaper

Effects and Outcomes

Ed May's series for the Buffalo Evening News won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 1961 and led to his book, "The Wasted Americans," published in 1964. The Pulitzer citation notes the series "brought about reforms that attracted nation-wide attention."

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