Grand Prize: "Wartorn," James Gandolfini, Home Box Office (Domestic Television Winner): This film offers a unique and revealing look at the impact of war on those we sent into battle. What makes this documentary original is the historical perspective it offers on post-traumatic stress disorder all the way back to the Civil War. “Wartorn” lets the soldiers and their families speak for themselves and through their stories we learn of the high and often life-long cost of battle, and the sense of abandonment soldiers feel by the government that sent them to war.
Domestic Print: "Guantanamo Bay," by Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald: Carol Rosenberg’s reporting explained clearly the implications of the first criminal trial of a Guantanamo detainee in civilian courts system, outlined the conflicts between guards and detainees, and provided live coverage of Omar Khadr’s trial. She has logged more time at Guantanamo than any other reporter – taking on the task of ensuring that this important story is not forgotten.
International Print: "Disaster in Haiti," Joe Mozingo, Scott Kraft, Tracy Wilkinson, and Liz Baylen, The Los Angeles Times: So many reporters descended on Haiti after the devastating earthquake. Many reported on the crisis, cholera, and chaos that followed. But few reporters put in the time and effort to describe all of the complexities, all of the twists and turns, all of the agony that is Haiti. Mozingo, Kraft, and Wilkinson provided the reader with stories that go beyond the daily drumbeat of news.
International Television: "The Price of an Afghan Bride," Dan Rather and Jenny Nordberg, Dan Rather Reports, HDNet: "The Price of an Afghan Bride" offers a revealing and broad look at the limited and impoverished lives of women in Afghanistan. Particularly affecting is the story of a young woman who dreams of going to college and becoming a writer yet has just been sold by her brothers to a relative who plans to marry her. This documentary carried risks for those who participated, and yet all displayed courage and bravery to get these stories out to the rest of the world.
International Photography: "Haiti: A Year in the Shadow of Destruction," by David Gilkey, NPR: While not underreported, Gilkey’s sustained coverage of Haiti for National Public Radio in the year following the earthquake represents an urgent situation. His thoughtful and in-depth reporting resulted in well-composed and intelligent images of subjects who have experienced sustained tragedy. His sensitivity to his subjects presents images that although, at times, are difficult to look at, give information on a story that others have not explored.
Domestic Photography: "Dragline," by Laura Antrim Caskey, Freelance: "Dragline" represents the best traditions of social documentary photography and advocacy journalism. Antrim Caskey’s immersive five year coverage places us at the center of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia’s coal river valley. Her self-published magazine of photographs and text is evidence of the depth of Antrim Caskey's commitment and understanding of this complex issue.
Cartoon: "The Path to Hope," by Gary Varvel, The Indianapolis Star: Varvel visited low-income communities in Indianapolis, and spent time with the people who live there, before turning their stories into full-page comics in the newspaper. By telling these stories of real people, Varvel focused attention on under-reported issues such as the ties between child poverty and crime, transportation, nutrition, and education.
Radio: "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes," by Joseph Shapiro, Robert Benincasa, and Susan Reber, NPR; Kristen Lombardi, David Donald, Kristin Jones, and Gordon Witkin, Center for Public Integrity: NPR's Investigative Unit, teaming with the Center for Public Integrity, delivers an eloquent, substantive, compelling, and groundbreaking series on campus rapes at American universities in "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes." This is an intelligent and very sensitive portrayal of one of the dark sides of campus life. In the end, the story created a new awareness, spurred action on several fronts, and helped several brace victims on their families begin to move on with their lives.
College Print: "The Roads of Broken Dreams: Can a New Delta Arise from the Rot of the Old South?" by Student Reporting Team of University of Mississippi, Meek School of Journalism and New Media
High School Print: "Targeting Teens," by Benjamin Breuner and Michael Weinstein with the Redwood Bark school paper from Redwood High School, California
High School Broadcast: "Farming Knowledge," by Aaron Oshiro, Cody Kau, Michael Gooch, and Jenna Munoz, the Wai’anae High School, Hawaii