Times Free Press named Pulitzer finalist for 'The Poverty Puzzle'

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Reporters Joan Garrett McClane and Joy Lukachick Smith were named as finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for their work on The Poverty Puzzle, "an examination of the income inequality hiding behind Chattanooga's rise as the shining star of the South," according to the Pulitzer citation.

Their reporting "combined data, research and human stories to render a full picture of poverty."

McClane has been a reporter for the Times Free Press since 2007. She was previously named a Pulitzer finalist in 2014 for a series she co-wrote about the inner city's "no snitch" culture and how it contributes to growing violence in Chattanooga.

Smith, who began working for the Times Free Press in 2009, has previously won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative reporting.