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Cincinnati Enquirer gives $5,000 of Pulitzer Prize money to benefit child

| Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 8:48 a.m.
Cincinnati Enquirer staffers celebrate in their newsroom after learning the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for 'Seven Days of Heroin.' The paper is giving $5,000 of the prize money to the subject of that story.
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Cincinnati Enquirer staffers celebrate in their newsroom after learning the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for 'Seven Days of Heroin.' The paper is giving $5,000 of the prize money to the subject of that story.

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Enquirer is donating $5,000 of its 2018 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting to benefit a little girl featured in the newspaper's winning report on heroin.

The Enquirer reports the money will be the first deposit in a fund to assist Elliana Russ. The then-8-month-old child and her mother, Stephanie Gaffney, were featured in the newspaper's “Seven Days of Heroin” report last July.

Twenty-eight-year-old Gaffney died of an overdose of a fentanyl combination 10 days after speaking with the newspaper for the story. Enquirer Editor Beryl Love said the news organization thought it “only right” to use a portion of its prize money to help her daughter.

A Hamilton County judge later granted custody of Elliana to Gaffney's mother and her husband. They live in Bethel in Clermont County.

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