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June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper Foreign Correspondence

At his most desperate, when he had no more borrowed money for his son’s legal defense, Xie Yujun went to a hospital. He knew of China’s black market in body parts. He wanted to sell his eyes. He was refused. Mr.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Radio investigative reporting, New Hampshire Public Radio

I was on the unit one time. … We were eatin’, and some of the residents were exchangin’ words. … Instead of the staff tryin’ to figure out what the problem is, they say, “Is you all gonna keep woofin? Is y’all gonna fight or what?”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, deadline reporting, independent

No one knows if vaccines such as Tamiflu and Relenza would provide the public the necessary protection from a possible bird flu pandemic. With uncertainty surrounding the subject, it’s imperative not to forget what the most important medicine for concerned citizens really is.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper general column writing

After reading Oregonian columnist Steve Duin’s writing, it’s hard not to get emotionally attached. “His work engages emotionally with the reader, and with the person he’s writing about. That’s what good columnists do,” said the judges. “His writing is unpretentious and doesn’t get in the way of what he’s trying to say or attract attention away from his point.”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Radio feature reporting

And the watchers beware Lest they see it fall Paradise might laugh when at last it falls And the sewing machine The industrial god It’s the great God Bird with its altar call Yes it’s the great God Bird though it all Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister weren’t just creating an award-winning radio feature when they pieced together “The Lord God Bird.”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, non-deadline reporting, independent

As women’s waistlines continue to shrink on the covers of fashion magazines and other popular publications, many people say America’s problem with anorexia is destined to grow. It remains an oft-discussed topic in our society. Critics say the media’s portrayal of women leads to self-image problems in young girls.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper sports column writing

It only seems appropriate that the work of Associated Press columnist and boxing writer Tim Dahlberg would pack a punch. “Tim Dahlberg reaches out with his pen and touches readers’ hearts and minds,” said the judges. “He seeks out sports figures other writers overlook … and tells their stories with compassion.”


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Radio documentaries

When NASA restarted its Space Shuttle program in 2005, WMFE-FM reaffirmed its dedication to covering the final frontier, broadcasting “Countdown Discovery.” “As a primary contributor of space-related news coverage to National Public Radio, this program is part of our ongoing commitment on producing stories related to NASA and the exploration of space,” said WMFE News Director Pat Duggins.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, investigative reporting, affiliated

It didn’t take the government long to react when Seattletimes.com revealed a fantastic pharmaceutical industry secret. “ ‘Selling Drug Secrets’ drew the quickest response of any Seattle Times investigation in memory,” said Stanley Farrar, managing editor of the periodical’s online companion.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper public service, over 100,000

Helen Jones sits in a wheelchair, surrounded by strangers who control her life. She is not allowed to answer the telephone. Her mail is screened. She cannot spend her own money. A child of the Depression, Jones, 87, worked hard for decades, driving rivets into World War II fighter planes, making neckties, threading bristles into nail-polish brushes.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Radio public service

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door! The welcoming excerpt from Emma Lazarus’ poem found inside the Statue of Liberty signifies New York City’s longstanding relationship with immigrants.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, public service, affiliated

Think covering Hurricane Katrina was challenging for reporters from national news outlets? Consider what it was like for local journalists who lived the catastrophe. “I’d say the most difficult aspect has been covering the news event of a lifetime when you’re part of it,” said Kate Magandy, city and online editor of the Biloxi SunHerald.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper public service, under 100,000

Through his “Brother’s Keeper” series, Charleston Gazette reporter Scott Finn helped remedy West Virginia’s handling of the mentally ill. “Several mental health advocates said the Gazette series convinced lawmakers to take action,” said James Haught, the newspaper’s editor. “(The mental hygiene system reform) bill had stalled in a legislative committee for two years.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: TV breaking news, Network/Top 25 markets

No single event shook the nation like Hurricane Katrina did in 2005. No single TV news network covered the catastrophe like NBC. Chief anchor Brian Williams and the staff of NBC Nightly News were the first to arrive in New Orleans, long before their competition caught wind of the historic storm’s magnitude.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Online, public service, independent

The Center for Public Integrity set the standard for ambition in 2005 with its project “Well Connected in the States,” a report on the influence of major telecommunications companies on state governments. “Understanding the working of a single government is a difficult undertaking,” said John Dunbar, director of the center’s Well Connected team, and Leah Rush, director of state projects.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Magazine writing

Sometimes the best stories are born out of coincidence. Such as Michael Leahy’s “Family Vacation,” a provocative piece published in The Washington Post Magazine. Leahy found himself away from Washington, working on another project, when he bumped into a friendly and forthright woman with an incredible tale.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: TV investigative reporting, network/Top 25 markets

The King 5 Investigators have found that since Menzies took over the ramp work in May, there’s been a dramatic spike in problems. More theft from checked baggage … More injuries to workers … More vehicle accidents … And a rash of aircraft damage caused by ramp workers.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Magazine investigative reporting

11 December 2002, 01:00 — Detainee was reminded that no one loved, cared or remembered him. He was reminded that he was less than human and that animals had more freedom and love than he does. He was taken outside to see a family of banana rats.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: TV investigative reporting, other markets

The results of WKRC reporter Jeff Hirsh’s investigation likely would have been easier to document in print. But with some ingenuity, he turned it into one of TV’s best investigative reports. “These were difficult stories to do for television,” said Hirsh.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Magazine public service

It takes a hurricane. It takes a catastrophe like Katrina to strip away the old evasions, hypocrisies and not-so-benign neglect. It takes the sight of the United States with a big black eye — visible around the world — to help the rest of us begin to see again.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: TV feature reporting, network/ Top 25 markets

Ed Davis had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and decided not to prolong his life through unnatural measures. He was another person destined to pass quietly, even when a similar situation involving Terry Schiavo was still making noise. By documenting his last days, CNN’s “A Lesson Before Dying” undoubtedly left viewers with a heavy heart.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper deadline reporting, over 100,000

Disfigured, increasingly destitute and desperate, Bart A. Ross spent the past dozen years battling the medical and legal system, convinced he’d been wronged. The fight took the 57-year-old Polish immigrant on a revenge-seeking odyssey, culminating with the slaying of Judge Joan Lefkow’s husband and mother on Feb.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newsletters

The story was there. Healthcare Risk Management Editor Greg Freeman just had to draw the lines. “(Freeman’s reporting) shows how enterprising journalism comes from connecting the dots and revealing the picture that appears,” said the judges. “At worst, this work reveals an attack in the works.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: TV feature reporting, other markets

News 12 Westchester, N.Y., reporter Juri Tatsuuma’s feature “Domestic Violence: When Love Hurts” disrobed a social problem in an area that had been cloaked by money and material wealth. “The two-part series attempted to highlight how Westchester County, with its upscale image and affluence, was not immune to the problem of domestic violence,” said Tatsuuma.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper editorial writing, Rick Attig and Doug Bates

The sometimes disturbing film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed at Oregon State Hospital. But in terms of being truly disconcerting, the fictional story is no match for one told by Rick Attig and Doug Bates about the current conditions of the decrepit asylum.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Art/Graphics, photography spot news

Without pictures, most accounts of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation would hardly seem believable. SUVs trapped in 8 feet of water on the interstate. Looters wading through downtown New Orleans streets. Morbid messages scribbled on rooftops. Anxious residents floating on mattresses and planks.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: TV documentaries, network/Top 25 markets

Peter Van Sant: We are journalists from the United States. We have bought you because we want to set you free. Nicoleta: (Through translator) I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You saved me from that hell. This was the reaction of a 17-year-old girl from Bucharest that was sold to a CBS 48 Hours news team after hearing word she was now free from being a sex slave.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Newspaper non-deadline reporting, over 100,000

For the first time in her journalistic career, all Liz Bowie had to do was watch. He lingered hour after hour, day after day, on a basketball court jammed between a fast-food joint and a drug rehab center. Others came and went for a few games before moving on.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Art/Graphics, photography features

The images published in the Commercial Appeal’s “Born to Die” series awoke a sleeping community to an alarming problem. They also caused photographer Karen Pulfer Focht many restless nights. “I have three children of my own,” said Focht. “I would often come home at night and hold them tight.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: TV documentaries, other markets

Instead of scouring for what’s broken in today’s public schools, “Making Schools Work,” a documentary devised by South Carolina Educational Television, stresses the positive and gives teachers something to work with instead of just heaping more criticism on an underappreciated profession.


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX awards: Newspaper non-deadline reporting, under 100,000

In an article called “The Speculators,” reporting done by the staff of the East Valley Tribune was so thorough, there was no room for conjecture. Reporter Mark Flatten spearheaded the effort and wrote the story, one that combined extensive research and stellar storytelling to paint a clear picture of who really controlled the territory in Mesa, Ariz.,


June 30th, 2006 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards: Art/Graphics, sports photography

Dan Hubbell has been a photographer for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since 1990. He’s snapped more than 600,000 shots of man battling beast in arenas full of dirt. But the photo he took of cowboy Kyle Whitaker tumbling off the aptly named Dump Wagon was one of a kind.