July 1, 2008
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR NEWS RECEIVES TWO
2008 RTNDA EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS


DEFENSE CORRESPONDENT GUY RAZ WINS FOR SERIES
ON MEDICAL CARE FOR SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN IRAQ


NATIONAL DESK CORRESPONDENT
LAURA SULLIVAN HONORED FOR REPORT
EXAMINING EPIDEMIC OF RAPES
AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN


July 1, 2008; Washington, D.C. – NPR News has been honored with two 2008 Edward R. Murrow Awards for news series, one examining the path of medical care for soldiers wounded in Iraq, and the second investigating the high instance of rape against Native American women living on tribal lands. The Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, recognize outstanding achievements in electronic journalism and were announced today.

Winning in the “News Series” category is “Rescuing the Wounded: Iraq to Germany,” a three-part series from NPR Defense Correspondent Guy Raz, which tracked the medical care of a wounded American soldier: from the battlefield, to the trauma ward in Balad, Iraq, and finally to the Army Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. The series aired on Morning Edition and All Things Considered in October 2007, and was edited by Steve Drummond. Audio of the series is available at: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15595273

NPR News correspondent Laura Sullivan receives a Murrow Award in the “Investigative Reporting” category, for her two-part report “Sexual Abuse of American Women,” which aired on All Things Considered in July 2007. Sullivan traveled to tribal lands in South Dakota and Oklahoma to investigate the factors contributing to the drastically high occurrence of rape against Native American women by mostly non-Native men, and the jurisdictional limitations of law enforcement that perpetuate this cycle of abuse on tribal lands. Sharing this award are NPR News producers and editors Amy Walters, Steve Drummond and Maria Godoy. This series has also been awarded both a Dart Award for Excellence and a 2007 Gracie Award. Audio of the series can be found at: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12203114

As NPR’s Defense Correspondent, Raz covers all aspects of defense policy from the Pentagon. He was previously a foreign correspondent for NPR, first in Berlin, and later reporting from Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Raz was recently awarded a 2009 Nieman Fellowship. Sullivan joined NPR's National Desk in December 2004, covering issues of crime and punishment. She first reported on the high occurrence of rape against Native American women on All Things Considered in April 2007. Her 2006 news series “Life in Solitary Confinement” was the recipient of two honors: the 2006 Gracie Award and the 2007 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

The Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on October 13 in New York.