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Rago, WSJ Pulitzer winner, found dead at 34

July 21, 2017

Posted by Chris Roush

Joseph Rago
Joseph Rago

Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer at The Wall Street Journal who was known for his richly reported pieces and influence on policy makers, was found dead Thursday evening. He was 34.

Jennifer Levitz of The Journal writes, “The New York Police Department found Mr. Rago dead in his apartment at 7:40 p.m., according to a police official. The authorities went to check on Mr. Rago after he didn’t show up for work on Thursday. Paul Gigot, the editor of the Journal’s editorial page, had alerted the paper’s security officials, who then contacted the police.

“Mr. Rago was found with no obvious signs of trauma and emergency responders declared him dead at the scene, the police said. The cause of death was still being determined by the medical examiner on Friday.

“‘It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the death of Joseph Rago, a splendid journalist and beloved friend,’ Mr. Gigot said in a statement. ‘Joe and his family are in our thoughts and prayers, and we will be celebrating his work in Saturday’s paper.’

“Mr. Rago made his biggest mark writing about health care. In 2011, he captured the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for what the Pulitzer organization called his ‘well crafted, against-the-grain editorials challenging the health care reform advocated by President Obama.’

“‘No matter where you fall in the debate of health care reform, the arguments advanced by Joseph Rago in his series of editorials in The Wall Street Journal were impossible to ignore,’ the judges wrote. ‘Not paying attention to these editorials was not an option for policymakers.'”

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