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July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Deadline Reporting

Deadline Reporting (Affiliated) WINNER: STAFF, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH “Kirkwood City Hall Shootings” Shortly after 7 p.m. Feb. 7, Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton burst into a city council meeting in Kirkwoord, Mo., pulled a handgun from his coat and began shooting. As people tried to take cover or flee, he moved swiftly across the room, firing.


July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Non-Deadline Reporting

Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated) WINNER: STAFF, LOS ANGELES TIMES “Mexico Under Siege” Thousands of civilians have been killed indiscriminately. Kidnapping, torture and brutality are rampant. The population in key combat zones lives in terror, and the president has said his country is at war.


July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Investigative Reporting

Investigative Reporting (Affiliated) WINNER: CHRISTINE YOUNG, JOHN PERTEL, CHRISTOPHER MELE & PATRICK MULLEN, TIMES HERALD-RECORD “I Didn’t Do That Murder” Lebrew Jones, a mentally disabled security guard, was convicted in 1989 on the basis of a nonsensical statement he gave police after 20 hours of questioning without a lawyer.


July 14th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Online Public Service Journalism

Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated) WINNER: THE OKLAHOMAN “Your Right to Know/Know It Series” “You have cancer.” The words take your breath away, say those who have heard them. The shock seems surreal. Time stops and yet races by, they say.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Newspaper Public Service Circulation

Public Service Circulation (Circulation 100,000+) WINNER: THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH “Test of Convictions” He started with a bowl of lobster bisque and worked his way down the menu at Mitchell’s Steakhouse. Next up was filet mignon wrapped in bacon, a baked potato, french fries, corn and asparagus.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Magazine Categories

Magazine Writing WINNER: CHRISTIAN PARENTI, PLAYBOY MAGAZINE “Our Battles Joined” They killed Ajmal on Easter Sunday. I was at home in Brooklyn when it happened. My girlfriend was away, and I had slept in, awaking alone to the peaceful springtime view of the backyards on my block.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Photography

Breaking News Photography WINNER: PATRICK FARRELL, THE MIAMI HERALD “A People in Despair: Haiti’s Year Without Mercy” In 2008, The Miami Herald repeatedly dispatched photographer Patrick Farrell to Haiti, which bore the brunt of the Atlantic hurricane season. In fact, he was there the night Hurricane Ike, the fourth storm to hit Haiti in a month, re-flooded the already overwhelmed country, swallowing lives and homes.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Editorial Cartoons and Informational Graphics

Editorial Cartooning WINNER: CHRIS BRITT, THE STATE JOURNAL REGISTER “Chris Britt’s cartoons stood out from the field for their fearlessness — always the quintessential job requirement for a political cartoonist,” judges said. “Deploying a variety of structural and compositional methodologies, Britt invariably presents points of view that are simultaneously contrarian and obvious — the latter due to his straightforward approach to building an argument, often with multiple panels.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newsletter Journalism

Public Service in Newsletter Journalism WINNER: INSIDE WASHINGTON PUBLISHERS “EPA Rollback on Drinking Water Protections” One of the untold stories of the Bush administration is its weakening of public health protections in the event of a nuclear attack. This series of exclusive articles uncovered and then detailed the potential impacts of the U.S.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Research about Journalism

Research About Journalism WINNER: MINABERE IBELEMA “The African Press, Civic Cynicism, and Democracy” PULBISHED BY PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Whereas the African press had been ambivalent in its support of democracy, it has now decidedly embraced it and is valiantly defending it,” author Minabere Ibelema said.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Radio Categories

Breaking News Reporting WINNER: MELISSA BLOCK & ANDREA HSU, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO “Chengdu, China Earthquake Coverage” Oh, my goodness, we’re in the middle of an earthquake. The whole block is shaking. … The top of the church is falling down. The ground is shaking underneath our feet and all of the people are running out into the street.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Awards Winners: Television Breaking News Coverage

Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service) WINNER: ALEXANDRA WALLACE, MARY LAURENCE FLYNN, RICHARD ENGEL & MADELEINE HAERINGER, “NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS” “Tip of the Spear” With just 150 men, 29-year-old Capt. Jimmy Howell has a daunting mission: to drive the Taliban and al-Qaida fighters out of the Korengal Valley, their main safe haven in Afghanistan.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Winners: Television Investigative Reporting

Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service) WINNER: SCOTT PELLEY, TOM HONEYSETT, NICOLE YOUNG & SOLLY GRANATSTEIN, CBS NEWS’ “60 MINUTES” “The Wasteland” Scott Pelley: Tonight we’re going to take you to one of the most toxic places on earth, a place that government officials and gangsters don’t want you to see.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Television Feature Reporting

Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service) WINNER: RICK KAPLAN, KIMBERLY DOZIER & ASHLEY VELIE, CBS NEWS “The War at Home” Twenty-two year old combat medic Jonathan Norrell volunteered for every mission during his year in Iraq. He was bombed, ambushed, treating wounded under fire — and the memories still haunt him, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier reports.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Newspaper Feature Writing

Feature Writing (Circulation 100,000+) WINNER: AMY ELLIS NUTT, THE STAR-LEDGER “The Accidental Artist” He had been weighed down by the baggage of loss for so long. Now, in taking up his artist’s life again, he realized all the pieces were there: his youth, his wife and children, his work as a chiropractor, his stroke, his brother’s death, even his success as an artist.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winners: Television Documentaries

Television Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service) WINNER: KURT KUENNE, MSNBC “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father” “Dear Zachary” is a first-person account of the life and murder of Dr. Andrew Bagby (1973-2001), whose killer fled to Canada, went on to bear his child and walked free on bail awaiting trail, giving her the opportunity to kill again.