By: E&P Staff
Rinker Buck, a general assignment reporter for The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, is the winner of the 2004 Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award for his story about the first U.S. military casualty in the Iraq war.
Published April 20, 2003, Buck’s story told the tale of a Marine’s final journey from the oil fields of southern Iraq to rural Wyoming, where his family waited to pay their last respects. Buck previously contributed to the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass., and New York and Life magazines. He also served as a publisher with Adweek Magazines.
Administered by the department of journalism at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., the award honors Eugene S. Pulliam, the publisher of The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News until his death in 1999. The award includes a $1,500 prize.
The prize will be presented to Buck on March 30 at a ceremony in Muncie.