Reporters who uncovered systemic failure within the Secret Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and whose work led to reforms at both federal agencies, were among the winners of the George Polk Awards in Journalism for 2014, announced on Sunday by Long Island University, which administers the prizes.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch won the top newswriting and photography sweepstakes awards as well as the general excellence award in the largest circulation category in the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors contest.
The award was announced at the association’s awards banquet during the INA 2015 Convention and Trade Show held in Des Moines.
“Innocents Lost” chronicled the deaths of 477 children whose families had been known by Florida child welfare authorities.
The reporter has covered Japan’s economy, trade and politics for more than three decades.
The photographer died in December while covering the African Ebola crisis.
Susie Elwood was given the award for inspiring leadership, success, community service.
Ken Towery, Leon Hale, Houston Harte and Bernard Hanks are the new inductees.
Each will be honored at NPF’s annual awards dinner Feb. 18 in Washington, D.C.
Others honored at the group's 137th annual meeting.
The prize recognizes the best environmental reporting on the North American West.
Papers from Canada, Maryland and Michigan are among the top winners.
In March, David Isay, the founder of the oral history project StoryCorps, will give his first TED talk — typically, a big-idea lecture delivered in a large hall while pacing alone on stage with an unseen, wireless microphone.