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Scott Harper, Annapolis Capital’s Only Pulitzer Finalist, Loses Cancer Battle

51-year-old reporter worked in Annapolis from 1987 to 1991
Editor's Note: Story abstract reprinted with permission from the Annapolis Capital

By Tim Pratt

A former reporter for The Capital and the only finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the newspaper's history died Saturday after a four-year battle with cancer.

Scott Harper, who most recently was the environmental reporter for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., was 51. He left behind a wife and three children.

Harper worked for The Capital from 1987 until 1991. He was named a 1991 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting for a series of stories on hazing and sexual harassment at the Naval Academy.

“He was without question the best reporter I’ve ever worked with,” said former Maryland Gazette editor Bob Mosier, now a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Public School system. “But as good of a reporter as he was, he was a better human being. He had such a zest for life and for getting the most he could out of every single second. It was just incredible.”

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