Herald’s Carol Marbin Miller honored for work with juveniles
BY DIANA MOSKOVITZ
Miami Herald reporter Carol Marbin Miller has been recognized for her work using public records to expose neglect
and failure within Florida’s social services.
Marbin Miller was awarded the 2012 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award, which recognizes a person or
organization that has fought for First Amendment rights.
Since joining The Miami Herald in 2000, Marbin Miller’s reporting has uncovered abuses of power by those whose
victims were among the state’s most vulnerable children.
Her work includes the disappearance of foster child Rilya Wilson; the violent death of 14-year-old Martin Lee
Anderson at a Panhandle boot camp; how a ruptured appendix killed 17-year-old Omar Paisley because his pleas
of pain at a juvenile detention center went ignored; and the warning signs that child welfare investigators missed
before 10-year-old Nubia Barahona was killed by her adopted parents.
Recently, she was on The Herald team that crafted the series Neglected to Death, which showed the state was
failing to close the state’s worst assisted-living facilities, despite scores of people dying from abuse and neglect.
Her work has resulted in the passage of multiple state laws, the closure of several youth boot camps and, after the
death of Paisley, about 25 state officials lost their jobs, including the then-secretary of the Department of Juvenile
She will be honored Sept. 22 in Fort Lauderdale at the President’s Installation Banquet during the Excellence in
Journalism 2012 conference.
The award, which includes $10,000, is presented by Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational foundation of the
Society of Professional Journalists. It is given in memory of Eugene S. Pulliam, publisher of The Indianapolis Star
and The Indianapolis News from 1975 until his death in 1999.