On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall at Miami as a Category 5 storm. The affects were devastating.
In December 20, 1992, the Miami Herald published a 16-page special report that examined weather records, building inspection reports, and damaged buildings.
Their reporting showed how “lax zoning, inspection and building codes had contributed to the destruction”. They won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for this reporting.
Bill Dedman received the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 1989 for researching and writing these articles.
The first series, published May 1-4, 1998, disclosed that Atlanta’s banks and savings and loan institutions, although they had made loans for years in even the poorest white neighborhoods of Atlanta, did not lend in middle-class or more affluent black neighborhoods. The focus moved to lenders across the nation with the January 1989 article, “Blacks turned down for home loans from S&Ls twice as often as whites.”
via The Color of Money.