May 23, 2022

Alice Crites is “The Pulitzer-Laden Researcher Embedded in the Post Newsroom”

From an Article by David Beard on

Little known, widely respected: It’s another Pulitzer season for Post’s Alice Crites

One Pulitzer can make a career. Two can make a legend.

Library-trained researcher Alice Crites has been a part of a half-dozen Pulitzer teams. Her latest was announced last week, for an investigation of Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. The year before, she worked with David Fahrenthold on the Post’s Pulitzer-winning investigation of Donald Trump’s charitable giving.


Crites, the daughter of an NIH cancer researcher and a librarian for the Montgomery County Schools, said she always was a news junkie, but the idea of being a librarian “never occurred to me.” She studied Chaucer and got a master’s in literary criticism at Carnegie-Mellon before finding herself back in Washington, looking for work.

She started working as a clerk at the Library of Congress, went to the library and information sciences school at University of Maryland and learned to find key materials before VuText, Lexis/Nexis and other search vehicles existed. With her knowledge of legislation and current events, she began working a weekend shift at the Post in 1990 and was hired full-time in 1992.

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