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Finding the art in great public disgrace

Tracey Scott Wilson was in her early teens when an ambitious, African-American reporter named Janet Cooke won a 1981 Pulitzer Prize for a Washington Post article about an 8-year-old heroin addict. Wilson still remembers the "pride in my home and in my community."

She also remembers the disgrace when it was discovered that Cooke had made up the story.

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THE STORY / / Through Feb. 26 / / The African Continuum Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E., Washington. 202-399-7993

Tracey Scott Wilson

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Born:

Oct. 2, 1966, in Newark, N.J.

Education:

Bachelor's degree in English, Rutgers University, 1989; master's degree in creative writing, Temple University, 1992

Selected plays:

Exhibit #9 (1999), Leader of the People (1999), Order My Steps (2003), The Story (2003)

Awards:

Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award (2001), Whiting Award (2004), Kesserling Prize (2004)

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Family:

Single; lives in Newark, in the house where she was raised


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