TheSmokingGun.com has posted the July 15 letter that former Voice writer Richard Goldstein received from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to his discrimination complaint. In stiff language, the letter provides some details of the Village Voice Media's defense against the charges of sexual harassment and age discrimination before stating that the EEOC was "unable to conclude that the information establishes violations of statutes." The letter also warns Goldstein that he "may only pursue this matter by filing suite (sic)" within 90 days, which he did on Oct. 12. The 14-page complaint that Goldstein filed in court is also posted on the Smoking Gun Web site.
The scoop Nigel Jaquiss got about political leader Neil Goldschmidt was one that would create a terrible stir in Oregon, if only he could nail it down. If he couldn't lay out sufficient proof, he risked destroying his paper, Willamette Week. Jaquiss describes the twists and turns that led to the publication of the stories that won him the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting, along with an AltWeekly Award. This is the seventh in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners.