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This Year’s Winners

William GreiderCareer Achievement Award
A career spanning more than 40 years, tirelessly exposed the problems in our nation’s economic and political systems, first as a reporter for such regional newspapers as the Louisville Times and the Courier-Journal, then as a correspondent and editor for the Washington Post, then as a national correspondent and political columnist at Rolling Stone magazine for 17 years, and finally, since 1999, as the national affairs correspondent for The Nation.

Jessica Bruder — The End of Retirement
In this evocative, powerful story about the elderly Americans who staff Amazon’s massive warehouses in the American West, Jessica Bruder investigates a little-discussed segment of the working poor: people who worked for decades only to have little to nothing on which to retire.

Sari Horwitz — Justice In Indian Country — Washington Post
a) Part I
b) Part II
c) Part III
d) Part IV
e) Part V
f) Part VI

Jonathan Jones and T. Christian Miller — Firestone and the Warlord – ProPublica
In this collaborative effort between ProPublica and Frontline, the journalists Jonathan Jones and T. Christian Miller take us deep into the tentacles of corruption that allowed an iconic American company Firestone to enrich itself while aiding Charles Taylor, a notoriously brutal Liberian warlord, who would eventually land in prison for war crimes.

Firestone and the Warlord Part 1
Firestone and the Warlord Part 2

Andrea McDaniels — “ Collateral Damage — Baltimore Sun

Liz Szabo, Kevin Johnson, Rick Jervis, Gregg Zoroya, Rick Hampson and Larry Copeland — The Cost of Not Caring — USA Today

USA Today pulled out all the stops to examine the myriad ways in which failing to treat the mentally ill leads to systemic problems that affect American society as a whole. A joint-effort by multiple reporters, the series considers such wide-ranging topics as suicide, mass shootings, homelessness, and substance abuse. Rather than merely exposing the problem, “The Cost of Not Caring” also addresses potential solutions.
Series overview:
a) Nowhere to Go
b) Shootings spur call for change
c) Stigma
d) Jail
e) Homelessness
f) Unemployment
g) Suicide
h) Family
i) Substance abuse
j) Solutions
k) Early intervention

Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News — Cartooning With a Conscience
For more than a decade Adam Zyglis has created graphically sophisticated, hard-hitting political cartoons for The Buffalo News. His work tackles everything from domestic violence to income inequality and racism with a unique style and a pitch-perfect sense of the zeitgeist.

Nathan Fitch, Mikros Soldier — IMA MFA Hunter College Documentary
Micronesian Pacific Islanders are not US citizens, yet they enroll in the US military – and die – at disproportionately high rates. Mikros Soldier explores the complex relationship between the U.S. and Micronesia, and follows two young men as they leave their tranquil island homes, go through basic training, and head to Afghanistan.

Sam Feder, Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger — IMA MFA Hunter College Documentary
In this uplifting and timely documentary, Sam Feder profiles the brave, pioneering transgender performance artist and activist Kate Bornstein, who underwent sex-reassignment surgery in 1986 at age 38, to address the importance of being true to oneself while considering, more broadly, what it means to lead a fulfilling life.

Iyeisha HeartHunts Point Express — Undergraduate Award for Social Justice Journalism
Founded in 2006, The Hunts Point Express is a source of neighborhood news for the Hunts Point and Longwood neighborhoods of the Bronx. Its aim is to air information, connect residents and give them a voice. Produced by students in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College, The Express is updated regularly with stories about the people of the Hunts Point-Longwood community and the issues they care about, from jobs and housing to education and the environment.

Press

Letter from Film Commissioner (pdf)
— From The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

Another Glimmer of Hope That the Veil of Silence Is Lifting
— Huffington Post  

Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis humbled by Aronson, Headliner awards week
— Washington Post     

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