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PaulsonMichael Paulson is a religion reporter at The Boston Globe, covering the worlds of faith and spirituality. He was a member of the team of Globe reporters whose reporting on clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2003, and he is a co-author of the book, Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church. Paulson has been singled out for praise by the Religion Communicators Council, which four years in a row has granted him its Wilbur Award for writing about religion in the secular media, in 2003 for coverage of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, in 2004 for coverage of the election of an openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church USA, in 2005 for coverage of parish closings in the Archdiocese of Boston, and in 2006 for writing in the Globe's special section about the death of Pope John Paul II. Paulson joined the Globe in January 2000 after seven years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he worked as city hall reporter, state house bureau chief in Olympia, and as Washington correspondent in Washington, D.C. Before that he worked as a political reporter for the San Antonio Light in Texas and as a general assignment reporter at the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. Paulson is a graduate of Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. A native of Newton, Mass., he now lives in Boston.