By Ian Shapira
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 19, 2010; B01
BRISTOL, VA. — The scrappy reporter just a few years out of college got a tip from a reader: Thousands of property owners who controlled the rights to the natural gas beneath their land were being stiffed out of millions of dollars in royalties. Last week, Gilbert’s investigation won the nation’s highest journalism honor, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, and Virginia — impelled by Gilbert’s reporting — has passed a law that’s designed to make it easier to get royalties to the landowners.
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