Jeffrey A. Marx

Jeffrey A. Marx is an American journalist. In the early 1980s, as a correspondent for the Lexington Herald-Leader, he co-authored a series of exposes on improper cash payoffs to University of Kentucky basketball players which won him and the co-author, Michael M. York, the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. The article series "Playing Above the Rules", exposed improper cash payoffs to University of Kentucky basketball players and improper offers made to recruits by other universities.[1][2] The authors interviewed 33 former Wildcats – some of whom spoke to Marx and York with the goal of ending the abuses – and the paper sued the university and the state of Kentucky under freedom of information laws to get detailed information, including the names of specific violators, for the series.[3] The piece also led to NCAA regulation changes.[4]


  1. ^ "Jeffrey A. Marx and Michael M. York of Lexington (KY) Herald Leader". Prize Winners. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Background". Wehner & York, P.C. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ Merritt, Davis (2005). Knightfall: Knight Ridder and How the Erosion of Newspaper Journalism Is Putting Democracy at Risk. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn. p. 162. ISBN 9780814428672.
  4. ^ "Winners of Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters and the Arts". The New York Times. 18 April 1986. Retrieved 10 August 2017.