[1927 · Canton Daily News · Public Service]
EDITOR FOUGHT CORRUPTION AND PAID WITH HIS LIFE
The Canton Daily News was awarded The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and Mellett was honored for his efforts and sacrifice.
PULITZER ENTRY MATERIALS:
The cover letter for the Canton Daily News entry provides an overview of the paper’s anti-corruption crusade which ultimately led to Don Mellett’s death.
Eight sample stories from the Canton Daily News were submitted to the Pulitzer committee. Each story includes a cover letter describing its content.
A testimonial from former Ohio Governor James M. Cox was published by the paper after Mellett’s death. Cox owned several newspapers, including the Canton Daily News.
At the beginning of 1927, Editor & Publisher magazine featured an editorial saluting Mellett after the conviction of his murderer. The magazine also featured a story about Mellett’s replacement pursuing justice for Mellett and his family.
Don Mellett was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1969 and is still honored on campus in a variety of ways.
The CantonRep.com published a story in September 2015, about Don Mellett’s granddaughters visiting his Pulitzer Prize at The William McKinley Museum for the first time.
The Weekly World News published a story on June 23, 1918, about the private investigator who found the men behind Mellett’s murder.
Shocking Stories of The Cleveland Mob, by Ted Schwarz, details stories of organized crime in Canton including the murder of Don Mellett.