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2010 Dart Award Winners Announced
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is
pleased to announce the selection of winners of the 2010 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.
This year’s winners are ProPublica in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine and the St.
Petersburg Times. Honorable mentions include the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Detroit Free Press and the
independent documentary “Baker Boys: Inside the Surge.”
The Dart Center invites you to attend a public ceremony recognizing the winners on April 27 at the Columbia
University Graduate School of Journalism.
ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine for “The Deadly Choices at Memorial”
Sheri Fink, reporter
Paolo Pellegrin, photographer
Stephen Engelberg, managing editor
Susan White, senior editor
Ilena Silverman, story editor
Aaron Retica, chief of research
David Ferguson, researcher
Charles Wilson, researcher
Krista Kjellman Schmidt, web producer and deputy editor of news applications
Published on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this exceptional 13,000-word chronicle reveals what
happened when the floodwaters rose, the generators failed, and the main hospital in New Orleans was cut off from
the world. The piece depicts the deepening confusion that gripped doctors, nurses and hospital personnel as they
waited for help to arrive and reconstructs the decisions that ended with injections of ill patients as helicopters came
to rescue them. It also traces the moral and ethical ambiguities of the days that followed.
Judges described “The Deadly Choices at Memorial” as "stunningly haunting" and "both comprehensive and
remarkably restrained." Calling the reporting challenges "mindboggling," judges also praised Fink, a medical doctor
and journalist, for her depth of knowledge, persistence and commitment to tell the story from all sides and on every
The St. Petersburg Times for “For Their Own Good”
Ben Montgomery, reporter
Waveney Ann Moore, reporter
Edmund D. Fountain, photographer
Kelly Benham, enterprise editor
This investigative series takes an individual and systemic look at trauma and its lifelong consequences for survivors,
families and communities. It tells the stories of men whose lives are still shaped, fifty years later, by the brutal abuse
they suffered as children under the care of the Florida School for Boys. This remarkable special report implicitly
demands that society re-examine its assumptions about blame, punishment and incarceration.
Judges called “For Their Own Good” "gripping" and "unflinching" and applauded it for demonstrating the "profoundly
deep" and "long-lasting nature of emotional wounds" that result from physical abuse. They praised Montgomery and
Moore for their dogged reporting, commitment to telling the stories fully and honest and evocative narrative writing
that transported readers to the disturbing scenes of the crimes. They also praised Fountain for his powerful portraits
that reveal the complex identities of dignified survivors and haunted souls.
Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the St. Petersburg Times.
Waveney Ann Moore
Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the St. Petersburg Times.
Edmund D. Fountain
Edmund D. Fountain is a photojournalist for the St. Petersburg Times. He joined the paper
as an intern in the fall of 2004.
The Detroit Free Press for “Hostages to Justice”
Jeff Seidel, reporter
Regina H. Boone, photographer
Rick Nease, artist
David Zeman, assistant managing editor, investigations
Kathy Kieliszewski, deputy director for photo and video
Susan Hall-Balduf, copy editor
Steve Anderson, page designer
Jason Karas, page designer
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for “Wounded Warriors: Wounded Families”
Michael Fuoco, reporter
Rebecca Droke, photographer
The independent production "Baker Boys: Inside the Surge”
Jon Steele, writer and cinematographer
Kern Konwiser, director
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for “Fatal Care”
The Philadelphia Inquirer for “Mourning After”
New York Magazine for “The Hunted”
Ellis Cose for “Against the Odds”
WHYY for “Impact of War”
WNYC for “Marine Lance Corporal Julian Brennan”
The Christian Science Monitor for “Little Bill Clinton: A year in the life of a new American”
Global Post for “Life, Death and the Taliban”
Reuters for “Surviving the Tsunami”
PBS/Frontline for “Albania: Getting out of Gitmo”
The Dart Awards
The Dart Awards are administered by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at Columbia University
Graduate School of Journalism. Established in 1995, the annual Dart Awards recognize outstanding reporting that
portrays traumatic events with accuracy, insight and sensitivity while illustrating the effects of trauma on victims’ lives
and the process of recovery from emotional trauma.
The Dart Awards are traditionally a team prize, recognizing that presenting in-depth journalism on these challenging
subjects requires a newsroom-wide commitment. Begun as a newspaper-only competition, this year, for the first time,
the Dart Awards accepted entries from across the media spectrum.