By: AP Press Release
West Africa correspondent Rukmini Callimachi has won the 2011 Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award for her Sept. 1, 2010 article about Haiti’s Hotel Montana.
Ball State University’s journalism department, which administers the annual national writing competition on behalf of the sponsoring Pulliam family, made today’s announcement. Callimachi will receive a plaque and the $1,500 prize, presented on behalf of the Pulliam family, at the BSU Department of Journalism’s April 13 annual awards luncheon.
The Pulliam Award judges cited Callimachi’s article as “a compelling story of an online family born out of the rubble of a Haiti hotel.” In the award announcement, they praised her “meticulous, dogged research and reporting that humanized the earthquake’s horror and devastation by focusing on an emblematic search and recovery mission for lost loved ones.”
See a first-person account by Callimachi about her Haiti-Hotel Montana story headlined “Haiti Quake: Mourning on the Hotel Montana” on the AP Facebook page.