Plain Dealer, NPR Win Trauma Reporting Awards


The Cleveland Plain Dealer and National Public Radio have won awards from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for excellence in news coverage. The Plain Dealer got its award for “Johanna: Facing Forward” (Rachel Dissell, reporter; Gus Chan, photographer), a nine-day series traced events leading to the 2007 shooting of 18-year-old Johanna Orozco by her 17-year-old boyfriend. National Public Radio got an award for “Sexual Abuse of Native American Women” (Laura Sullivan, correspondent), a two-part investigative series that exposed the fate of women assaulted on reservations and the web of impunity protecting their assailants.

Finalists on topics involving crime included the Dallas Morning News for “Crackdown on Sex Offenders,” the Post and Courier for “Price of Violence,” the Roanoke Times for “Virginia Tech Shootings,” the San Francisco Chronicle for “Hidden Victims of Violence,” San Francisco Weekly for “Escape from San Francisco,” the Seattle Post Intelligencer for “One Fatal Shot: A Family Portrait,” and Westword for “You Do the Meth.” The 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.”


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