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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 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.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newspaper Editorial Writing

Editorial Writing WINNER: JOHN P. MCCORMICK, MARIE DILLON & BRUCE DOLD, CHICAGO TRIBUNE “The Illinois Culture of Political Sleaze” It has been three days since Gov. Rod Blagojevich was named in a criminal complaint that sets out charges of audacious behavior, including a campaign to sell a U.S.


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

Public Service in Television (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service) WINNER: “CBS EVENING NEWS, WEEKEND EDITION” “AIDS in the African American Community” This story originated after the release of a report by a Southern-based AIDS advocacy group, indicating that Southern states, particularly rural and minority communities, are hard-hit by AIDS.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newspaper Washington Correspondence

Washington Correspondence WINNER: DAVID BARSTOW, THE NEW YORK TIMES “Message Machine” Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: Newspaper Foreign Correspondence

Foreign Correspondence WINNER: CLIFFORD J. LEVY, THE NEW YORK TIMES “Kremlin Rules” In a nine-part series, “Kremlin Rules,” Clifford J. Levy, Moscow bureau chief at The New York Times, documented the lengths to which Russia under Vladimir Putin has smothered political opposition, silenced independent voices and centralized control over large swaths of the economy.


July 13th, 2009 • Quill Archives
SDX Award Winner: General Column Writing

General Column Writing WINNER: JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS The Pentagon says that if you offer more realistic college benefits, too many troops might decide to leave at the end of their enlistments and take advantage of it. And that, they say, would only make it even harder to find and enlist enough recruits to man our wars.