Pat Stith, 62, is an investigative reporter at The News & Observer. He joined the service out of high school and served as a journalist aboard a heavy cruiser. After graduating from the UNC he worked at The Charlotte News and, since 1971, at The N&O. He has been an investigative reporter for more than 30 years. Stith is a former director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and was chairman of IRE's first national conference on computer assisted reporting. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996.