‘Miami Herald’ Wins Chapin Award for Poverty Series

By: E&P Staff

The Miami Herald has won first place in the newspaper category of the Harry Chapin Media Awards, for its series “Poverty Peddlers.”

The series, written by reporters Scott Hiaasen and Jason Grotto, investigated the Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust, the largest poverty agency in Miami-Dade County. It revealed that the agency had squandered millions of dollars on pet projects and insider deals while failing to deliver promised jobs.

Herald Investigations Editor Michael Sallah was also recognized for his role in the series. One of the judges for the contest called the series “stunning and extraordinary. It’s what reporting is supposed to be.”

Other honorees included Dallas Morning News photographer Mona Reeder, who won in the photojournalism category for her series “The Bottom Line,” which depicted the failing social safety net in Texas. Her colleague, Melanie Burford, won a Judges Award for Photojournalism for her series “The Fight for Sugar Hill,” the story of a housing project in McKinney, Texas.

Also receving a Judges Award in the newspaper category was Donald G. MacNeil of The New York Times. His series “No Relief” detailed the suffering brought about by the lack of morhpine available in Third World countries.

The awards will be presented Oct. 7 in New York by representatives of World Hunger Year and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

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