The New York Times has won two George Polk Awards for investigative reporting that uncovers corruption and drug trafficking behind the assassination of the Haitian president and reveals sweeping details of US air strikes in the Middle East. causing civilian deaths.
Long Island University, which hosts the Polk Awards, announced 15 winners on Monday. John Darnton, curator of the awards since 2009, says he has received 610 submissions, the most ever, and that they “come from more investigative reporting sources than ever before”.
“This speaks to the vitality and continued promise of a changing journalism landscape and is reason to feel optimistic about the future of our profession,” he said in a statement.
The Washington Post staff won a national reporting award for “Attack”, an online series that scrutinizes the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, reveals how slow law enforcement agencies have been to act on warnings of violence. force before and detail the consequences afterwards. More than 75 journalists at The Post contributed to the series based on thousands of pages of documents and hundreds of interviews, videos, photos and audio recordings.
The Post also received a second award, for technology reporting, which it shared with Guardian US, along with the nonprofit Forbidden Stories. Award for “Project Pegasus, a global investigation found that Israeli spyware was used to hack the smartphones of journalists, business executives, politicians and human rights activists. Forbidden Stories has organized a team of news organizations to research the leaked files and rummage through hundreds of documents.
The Wall Street Journal of “Facebook files, led by reporter Jeff Horwitz, won the business reporting award. The series, based on internal files from a whistleblower, showed how Facebook executives ignored the company’s internal findings about how vulnerabilities in its platform caused harm and didn’t. ready to fix them.
The prize for foreign reporting went to Maria Abi-Habib, Frances Robles and staff members of The New York Times for report that revealed a plot behind the murder of the Haitian president, Jovenel Moïse, that involved the drug dealers he was trying to expose. US officials say the investigation into his death has stalled. Ms. Abi-Habib interviewed more than 70 people to report on the president’s life in the months leading up to his assassination and uncovered corruption and self-discipline within the government.
Azmat Khan, a freelancer, along with The Times reporters Dave Philipps and Eric Schmitt and the newspaper staff won the military reporting award for investigate that uncovers the true number of America air war in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The Pentagon was forced to admit that a drone attack during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan mistakenly killed 10 civilians, including 7 children. Documents exposed by Mrs. Khan further exposes a flawed model and civilian deaths.
The Local Reporting Award was won by Corey G. Johnson, Rebecca Woolington, Eli Murray and The Tampa Bay Times for an inquiry into the Gopher Resource lead smelter in Tampa, Fla., where workers were found to be facing hazardous conditions. Their report led to regulatory action and a six-figure fine against Gopher Resource.
Two Miami Herald reporters, Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang, as well as ProPublica, were awarded the state reporting award for “Birth & Betrayal“, a series reveals how Florida’s law to reduce malpractice costs for obstetricians and gynecologists has prevented hundreds of families from receiving adequate support to care for their children with severe brain damage. Instead, a fund dedicated to providing children has consistently denied claims while amassing $1.5 billion in assets. reports, and the law was revised.
A New Yorker article by Ian Urbina, reporting with the Outlaw Oceans Project, on the European Union’s efforts to stop migrants received an international reporting award. Mr. Urbina and his team discovered that migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were intercepted at sea by Libyans and held indefinitely in Libya’s detention centers, a shadowy immigration system. funded by the European Union.
Adam Feuerstein, Matthew Herper and Damian Garde of Statisticalan award-winning medical news website for revealing that Biogen used a back-channel campaign with the Food and Drug Administration to get approval of a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease despite objections from the agency’s own scientific advisers.
The environmental reporting award was presented to ABC News host David Muir, executive producer Almin Karamehmedovic and producer Esther Castillejo for “Children of climate change, “Aired on ABC programs “World News Tonight” and “Night Street”. Mr. Muir’s dispatches from Madagascar describe how climate change has led to hunger affecting half a million children.
Sarah Stillman, a staff writer for The New Yorker, won the Journal’s Reporting Award for Her work tracing the exploitation and working conditions of migrant workers who contract with disaster recovery companies to repair damage caused by natural disasters. She spent a year traveling to disaster zones and speaking to workers and climate change experts.
Linda So, Jason Szep and Reuters staffers were awarded political reporting for their quiz on menacing and menacing by supporters of Donald J. Trump against officials and poll workers involved in the election process of the 2020 election. monitor Nine people responsible for a series of threats say they believe they did nothing wrong. Only two people expressed regret.
The award for local television reporting went to Dave Biscobing of KNXV, an ABC affiliate in Phoenix, for report revealed that the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County District Attorney’s office falsely accused Black Lives Matter protesters of being members of a street crime gang.
National TV reporting honors were awarded to AC Thompson of ProPublica for the documentary “American uprising“, An Examination of the Rise of Far-Right Extremism. Documentary produced with the PBS series “Frontline” and the investigative journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley.
CNN’s chief foreign correspondent, Clarissa Ward, and her crew won foreign televised liberation for their coverage of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s rapid takeover. Ms. Ward’s dispatches show Taliban ravages in the chaotic streets of Kabul while some women are too scared to leave their homes and many are desperately looking for a way out of the country.
The winners of the Polk Prize, named after George Polk, a CBS News reporter who was murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war, will be honored at a luncheon tomorrow. April.
Long Island University also announced a new award this year: the Sydney H. Schanberg Prize. Named for a longtime The New York Times journalist, the award honors investigative or long-term business journalism that addresses conflicts, corruption, military injustice, war crimes or abuses of authoritarian government. The prize, sponsored by Mr. Schanberg’s widow, journalist Jane Freiman Schanberg, comes with a gift of $25,000.
Mr. Schanbergwho died in 2016, won the Pulitzer Prize for covering Cambodia’s fall to the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. His account of the life of his colleague, Dith Pran, was inspirational. The inspiration for the 1984 film “Field of the Dead”.
The first winner of the new award, announced this month, is Luke Mogelson, a contributing writer for The New Yorker, for “Among the fundamentalists“, his 12,000-word account of the outbreak of the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol, along with videos he took while inside the Capitol with rioters.
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