Pulitzer-winning former St. Petersburg Times reporter Bette Orsini dies at 85 - 2011-03-29
Bette Orsini, a tenacious and spirited reporter whose investigative stories on the Church of Scientology won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980, died Saturday (March 26, 2011) after months of declining health. She was 85.
In her 41 years at the St. Petersburg Times, Mrs. Orsini won a raft of national and state awards for exposing problems and wrongdoing in schools and society.
But she may be best known for her three years investigating the church, which in the mid 1970s had made a mysterious entrance into downtown Clearwater, where leaders planned to erect a "world spiritual headquarters."