‘E&P’ Editor a Finalist for Molly Ivins Award

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By: E&P Staff

E&P Editor Greg Mitchell has been named one of six finalists for the MOLLY National Journalism Prize, named for famed writer Molly Ivins, for four columns related to the media and Iraq that he wrote for Editor & Publisher.

The winner will be announced Thursday night at a dinner in Austin, Texas. The award is sponsored by the Texas Observer. Dan Rather will host the dinner and Wade Goodwyn, national correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the emcee.

Ken Bunting, associate publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, will present the inaugural MOLLY Prize — and $5,000 — and two honorable mention awards.

Ivins, legendary columnist and former editor of The Texas Observer, passed away last year after a long battle with cancer.

Mitchell, whose new book, So Wrong for So Long, is also related to the media and Iraq, is honored for the following Pressing Issues columns: “Why Isn’t the Press on Suicide Watch?” Aug. 1, 2007; “Who Will Be Last Soldier to Die for Iraq Mistake?” July 7, 2007; “Sorry We Shot Your Kid, But Here’s $500,” April 14, 2007; “Death of Soldier Inspires Strong Response from Friends,” Dec. 31, 2007.

Three of the columns are included in Mitchell’s book.

The other finalists are:

* Jennifer Gonnerman, Mother Jones, (“School of Shock,” September/October 2007);
* Katha Pollitt, The Nation, (Women’s rights and the interaction of religion and politics series: “Ayatollah D’Souza,” Feb. 5, 2007; “Democracy is Hell,” May 28, 2007; “David Horowitz, Feminist?” November 19, 2007; “The Atheist’s Dilemma,” Dec. 3, 2007);
* Ellen Schultz, The Wall Street Journal, (“The Debt Collector vs. The Widow,” April 28-29, 2007);
* Diane Suchetka, The Plain Dealer, (“Bernard’s Story,” Dec. 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2007); and
* Howard Witt, Chicago Tribune, (Civil rights series: “To some in Paris, sinister past is back,” March 12, 2007; “$9 million award in beating case,” April 21, 2007; “Racial demons rear heads,” May 20, 2007; “School discipline harder on blacks.” September 25, 2007).

The MOLLY National Journalism Prize was established by The Texas Observer to recognize print or online journalism of exceptional merit that focuses on civil liberties and social justice.

For more information on the award, go to www.texasobserver.org

UPDATE: Suchetka was named winner of the top prize on Thursday.

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