2003 George Polk Awards at a Glance
Foreign Reporting Somini Sengupta of The New York Times,
for dispatches from West Africa that lent both a political and human dimension
to the horrific conflicts in a region that was not widely covered in the
Radio Reporting National Public Radios Anne Garrels
for coverage of the war in Iraq that captured the terror, desperation,
frustration and anger of Iraqi men, women and children under siege.
Photojournalism - Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times
for brutally honest portrayals of life in Iraq and Liberia, conveying
the stark reality of everyday life during times of war.
Economics Reporting Nancy Cleeland, Abigail Goldman, Evelyn
Iritani and Tyler Marshall of the Los Angeles Times
for The Wal-Mart Effect, a series that explored the way in
which the worlds largest corporation plays a role in shaping cultures
and economies of entire countries.
Business Reporting Pete Engardio, Aaron Bernstein and Manjeet
Kripalani of BusinessWeek for their report, Is Your Job
Next?, their exposé on outsourcing that revealed how American
Corporations are relocating white-collar jobs to developing countries.
Labor Reporting David Barstow, Lowell Bergman, Neil Docherty,
David Rummel and Linden MacIntyre for A Dangerous Business,
a joint investigation by The New York Times, the PBS television
program Frontline and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,
that demonstrated how lax enforcement of workplace safety rules at the
foundries of a major producer of cast iron water and sewer pipes contributed
to the injuries of 4,500 workers and the deaths of nine.
National Reporting Cam Simpson, Flynn McRoberts and Liz Sly
of the Chicago Tribune for Tossed Out of America, showing
how the government targeted men from Muslim countries living in the United
States for mass deportation, even though they posed no risk to national
Internet Reporting The Center of Public Integrity for Windfalls
of War: U.S. Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Magazine Reporting Southern Exposure magazine for Banking
on Misery: Citigroup, Wall Street and the Fleecing of the South,
an investigation that exposed how the predatory lending practices of powerful
corporations victimize mostly low-income, African-American and elderly
State Reporting Dave Altimari, Jon Lender and Edmund H. Mahony
of the Hartford Courant, whose reports raised questions about Connecticut
Governor John G. Rowlands dealings with state contractors and his
use of state workers for personal home improvements.
Education Reporting Daniel Golden of The Wall Street
Journal whose series on white affirmative action at elite
schools helped to intensify the national debate over affirmative action
programs for applicants of color and possibly influenced the U.S. Supreme
Courts decision affirming the constitutionality of such programs.
Local Reporting Duff Wilson, Brian Joseph and Sheila
Farr of The Seattle Times for The Art of Deception,
their series that exposed a local gallerys unscrupulous dealings,
tracing forged Asian art and artifacts to a noted Hong Kong-based economist,
prompting state and federal actions and closure of the gallery.
Television Reporting Andrew Smith and Liviu Tipurita for
Easy Prey: Inside the Child Sex Trade, a CNN Presents
investigation from Romania to Italy that documented the sexual exploitation
of homeless, desperate children.
The George Polk Career Award F. Gilman Spencer, former
editor of The Denver Post, New York Daily News, Philadelphia Daily News
and The Trentonian, whose unflinching style and electric energy inspired
and nurtured some of this generations finest editors, reporters