Tofani of ‘Salt Lake Tribune’ Wins Michael Kelly Award

By: Joe Strupp

Loretta Tofani is the 2008 recipient of the Michael Kelly Award from Atlantic Media, the company announced Friday. At a ceremony Thursday night in Washington, D.C., she was honored for her series in The Salt Lake Tribune on unsafe working conditions in China.

“The $25,000 award, which celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year, is given annually to a journalist whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly’s own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” the company announced in a release. “Kelly, who was the editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal, was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.”

According to a statement from the award judges, Tofani?s four-part series ?is a tribute to her persistence, resourcefulness, and moral courage.?

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