Several crime stories are among winners of the Investigative Reporters & Editors annual journalism awards, announced this week. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and The Center for Public Integrity win a crime reporting award for “Tobacco Underground: The Booming Global Trade in Smuggled Cigarettes.” The stories were described as a “groundbreaking series on the global trade in smuggled cigarettes, produced by a team of 14 journalists based in 10 countries. The illicit trafficking of tobacco is a multibillion-dollar business today, fueling organized crime and corruption, robbing governments of needed tax money, and spurring addiction to a deadly product.”
Another award went to the Oakland Tribune and The Chauncey Bailey Project for investigating how the Oakland, Ca., police investigated the case of the umurdered journalist. IRE said, “Their work revealed failure for the police to document key evidence of conspiracy [and] a delay in police action to raid Your Black Muslim Bakery, during which time Bailey was murdered.” Laura Sullivan, Amy Walters, and Steve Drummond of National Public Radio were cited for “36 Years of Solitary: Murder, Death and Injustice at Angola,” a story about a prisoner held in solitary for 36 years in the Louisiana state prison in Angola, La. For a full list of award winners, visit ire.org.