Seattle Times Wins Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

Contact: Allison Kommer
Phone: 617- 495-1329
Contact Organization: Shorenstein Center
Date: March 12, 2002

CAMBRIDGE, MASS – The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting has been awarded to Duff Wilson and David Heath from The Seattle Times by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The title of their award-winning investigative report was “Uninformed Consent.” The series chronicled the story of several cancer patients at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center who had been deprived of essential information about the risks of clinical trials in which they were enrolled.

Launched in 1991, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting honors journalism which promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety and mismanagement, or instances of particularly commendable government performance.

The five finalists for the Prize for Investigative Reporting were: Sumana Chatterjee and Sudarsan Raghavan, of Knight Ridder-Washington Bureau for “A Taste of Slavery”; Bob Drogin, Josh Meyer, Craig Pyes, William C. Rempel, and Sebastian Rotella, of the Los Angeles Times for “Revealing Terrorism”; David Willman of the Los Angeles Times for “The New FDA: Partnership with Deadly Risk”; Sean Holten, et al., of the Orlando Sentinel for “Exposing the Flaws” and David S. Fallis, Craig Whitlock and April Witt, of the Washington Post for “A Blue Wall of Silence – False Confessions.” Each of the five teams received a $2,000 prize.

In addition, two $2,500 Goldsmith Book Prizes were awarded. Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki won for The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America. Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel won for The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. The Goldsmith Book Prize is awarded to the best books that seek to improve the quality of government or politics through an examination of press and politics in the formation of public policy.

The Goldsmith Program also presents the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism, which was given this year to Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN.

The annual Goldsmith Awards Program receives financial support from the Goldsmith-Greenfield Foundation. The Shorenstein Center was established in 1986 to promote greater understanding of the media by public officials, improve coverage by media professionals of government and politics, better anticipate the consequences of public policies that affect the media and the First Amendment, and to increase knowledge about how the media affect our political processes and government institutions.

The Goldsmith Prizes | The Joan Shorestein Center on Press Politics and Public Policy

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