On Monday, May 13th at the regular Wildwood City Council meeting, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter and Wildwood resident, Tony Messenger, will be recognized with a proclamation recognizing the singular distinction of having won the Pulitzer Prize.
Mr. Messenger is a resident of Wildwood's 4th ward. On April 16th, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for a series of columns on Missouri's debtor prisons.
Messenger has been the metro columnist for the Post-Dispatch since 2015 and has been working at the paper in numerous roles since 2008. According to the Post-Dispatch, "this is at least the fifth honor for Messenger's work on the judicial system."
As well as taking on Missouri's judicial system and a slew of powerful judges, Mr. Messenger had the intrepidity to address Wildwood politics on several occasions. He has yet to indicate which was more nerve-racking.
On Saturday, Messenger told Wildwood Matters,
"Winning the Pulitzer Prize has been so much more than I ever imagined.
"One of the most surprising and enjoyable parts has been how much it meant to my family, my colleagues and the community.
"People in St. Louis seem connected to the Pulitzer tradition in a special way and I am honored to share that award with them."
It can now be noted that both Joseph Pulitzer and Tony Messenger are hometown heros, and on Monday the City of Wildwood will recognize Mr. Messenger for for his esteemed work and its good fortune of having him and his family as residents. The meeting starts at 7 pm.
It can be live-streamed at https://www.cityofwildwood.com/718/City-Council-Channel.