‘Wash Post’ Reporters Win Goldsmith Prize For Cheney Report

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By: Joe Strupp

Barton Gellman and Jo Becker of The Washington Post have won the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University for their investigative report, ?Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.”

The Shorenstein Center announced the $25,000 prize today in a release that stated the four-part series “examined the most powerful vice president in history and how he operates, providing a greater public understanding of the Bush-Cheney era.”

?The judges concluded the Cheney story was the most important of 2007,? Thomas E. Patterson, acting director of the Shorenstein Center, said in a statement. ?There were many deserving investigative reporting pieces, but the Cheney piece stood out for its startling revelations and deep investigation.?

Launched in 1991, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting “honors journalism which promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety and mismanagement,” the release stated.

The other finalists were:

? Joshua Kors of The Nation for ?Thanks for Nothing,?
which is about “how military doctors are purposely misdiagnosing soldiers wounded in Iraq as having been ill before joining the Army.”

? Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker of The New York Times, for ?A Toxic Pipeline,? which “uncovered what would turn out to be China?s most lethal export: diethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze that was used in medicine and is suspected of killing hundreds around the world.”

? Tom Dubocq of The Palm Beach Post for ?Palm Beach County?s Culture of Corruption,” a two-year investigation that “exposed Palm Beach County?s worst corruption scandal in nearly a century, prompting federal investigations and leading two county commissioners, a prominent lobbyist and a governor?s appointee to plead guilty to corruption charges.”

? Loretta Tofani of The Salt Lake Tribune for ?American Imports, Chinese Deaths,? which showed “while the harmful effects of products made in China and consumed in America were being uncovered, Chinese factory workers were dying from carcinogens used in making these products.”

? Dana Priest and Anne Hull of The Washington Post for ?The Other Walter Reed,? which “exposed the deep and widespread problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.”

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