Pulitzer Winning Journalist from Falmouth Dead at 34

Joseph Rago won 2011 Pulitzer for editorial writing
A Pulitzer Prize winning alumnus of Falmouth High School died Thursday in Manhattan.

Joseph Rago, a 2001 graduate of Falmouth High School and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing died Thursday evening in his Manhattan apartment.

Mr. Rago was president of the National Honor Society Chapter at Falmouth High and went on to graduate from Dartmouth in 2005.  He joined The Wall Street Journal in 2005 as an intern and was hired almost immediately.  WSJ editorial page editor Paul Gigot said, "I immediately hired him.  He was just too good not to hire."

Joseph rose from assistant editor of the op-ed page, to editorial writer to a member of the editorial board.  He was known for well-crafted editorials, especially on the topic of heath care.  His last editorial was "The Obamacare Republicans". His editor said that, through his editorials, Mr. Rago had "enormous impact on events in Washington."  Saturday's Wall Street Journal included a moving tribute to Joseph Rago.

Mr. Rago was found dead in his apartment after his editor asked police to check on him after he did not show up at work on Thursday.  Police reported no obvious signs of trauma.  He was declared dead at the scene.  The medical examiner has not yet released Joseph Rago's cause of death.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete as of this writing.


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