Melvin Claxton is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Claxton began his journalism career at The Virgin Islands Daily News before holding senior investigative reporting positions at the Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, and Tennessean newspapers. He has written extensively on crime, corruption, and the abuse of political power. His series on the criminal justice system in the U.S. Virgin Islands won the V.I. Daily News a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1995. His series on the failures of the criminal justice system in Detroit was a finalist for a public service Pulitzer in 2003. He has won dozens of other prestigious national reporting awards, and his work has been honored ten times by the Associated Press Managing Editors.