Casey Medals Announced; ‘WSJ’ Takes Top Prize

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By: E&P Staff

Claire Ansberry of The Wall Street Journal was awarded the top Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism this year, winning the prize for best project/series, 200,000-plus circ, for her articles on elderly parents struggling to care for their developmentally disabled adult children.

Karyn Spencer, Jeremy Olson, and Mike Reilly of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald won the best project/series award in the 75,000-200,000-circ category, and Michael Moore of the Missoulian in Missoula, Mont., won among papers with less than 75,000 circ. The World-Herald won for its account of one child’s deadly journey through a child-welfare system that repeatedly failed her, and the Missoulian investigated the complex story behind two 11-year-olds who drank themselves to death on the Flathead Indian Reservation outside Ronan, Mont.

Deanna Fitzmaurice’s Pulitzer-winning photos for the San Francisco Chronicle, on an Iraqi boy who came to the United States for treatment after he was nearly killed in an explosion, won the medal for photojournalism.

Other winners include the Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, and the East Bay Express in Emeryville, Calif.

Winners will receive a Casey Medal and a $1,000 award at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, 2005.

A complete list of winners can be found at the Casey Journal Center’s Web site.

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