BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ Monroe ``Bud'' Karmin, winner of a 1967 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for stories investigating the influence on gambling of organized crime, died after a long battle with cancer.

Karmin, 69, was born in Mineola, N.Y., and was graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950. After service in the Air Force from 1950 to 1952 and studies at the Columbia University School of Journalism, Karmin joined The Wall Street Journal.

Karmin and colleague Stanley Penn won their Pulitzer Prize for an expose of Mafia dominance of gambling in the Bahamas. Karmin left the Journal in 1974 and worked for the Chicago Daily News, Knight Ridder Financial News and U.S. News and World Report before joining Bloomberg News as editor at large.

He was named to the Hall of Fame of the Washington chapter of the Society of Professonal Journalists, was president of the National Press Club in 1995. His last job was writing the column ``Inside Washington'' and other articles for Bloomberg. He died Friday.

He is survived by his wife Mayanne Karmin of Bethesda, children Dr. Paul Karmin, Mount Pleasant, N.C., and Elizabeth Karmin, of Bethesda, and five grandchildren.