IRE Awards Top Honors To ‘Wash Post’ and ‘NY Times’

By: Joe Strupp

The Washington Post’s Walter Reed Army Hospital coverage and The New York Times’ revelations about toxic imports from China led the newspaper winners in the Investigative Reporters & Editors annual awards announced today.

IRE posted its lengthy list of winners in all mediums, citing the Post coverage by Dana Priest and Anne Hull as an expose “fueled by immersion reporting and fine narrative storytelling,” according to its Web site.

“Dana Priest and Anne Hull penetrated the secretive world of the Army’s premier medical facility, Walter Reed Hospital, to document in chilling detail the callous mistreatment and neglect of America’s war-wounded,” judges said as they gave the series its highest medal for large newspapers.

“Toxic Pipeline,” the Times series by Walt Bogdanich, Jake Hooker, Brent McDonald, Robert Harris, was described as a project that “showed reporters tackling the highest level of difficulty to tell an astounding international story.”

In the medium newspaper category, The Salt Lake Tribune’s Loretta Tofani won the top medal for a similar story looking at the impact of China’s exporting industry on Chinese workers.

“This ambitious project shows that the mundane creature comforts of American lives have debilitating and sometimes deadly consequences for the people of China who make them,” judges wrote. “Freelance reporter Tofani and The Salt Lake Tribune take readers to manufacturing plants where young workers touch and inhale carcinogens without gloves, masks or proper ventilation in order to make cheap products that are shipped to America.”

Other newspaper finalists and those honored in non-newspaper categories can be found at the IRE Web site:

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