March 16, 2010
Anna Christopher, NPR
FOR EXCELLENCE IN CONGRESSIONAL
AND POLITICAL AFFAIRS REPORTING
NPR HONORED FOR "DOLLAR POLITICS" SERIES EXAMINING
HOW LOBBYING INTERESTS INFLUENCE MAJOR BILLS
Millions of dollars poured into Capitol Hill this past summer, as lobbyists jockeyed to have their clients' interests represented in three major pieces of legislation that were just beginning to take shape. The object of the lobbyists' attention: massive bills on health care, banking regulation and energy.
As part of NPR's endeavor to explain this lobbying effort, Seabrook and Overby produced a series of six reports broadcast on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Their stories followed the trail of political money and profiled key lobbyists while also showing how members of Congress are affected by the system, by sifting through campaign contribution data and lobbying disclosure forms.
In support of Seabrook and Overby's reporting, an NPR photographer pointed a camera at the audience in the Senate hearing room to identify the men and women working to influence the legislation. An interactive graphic was created with the picture and audiences were asked to help identify the people in the image by contacting NPR via email and through social media like Twitter.
The Joan Shorenstein Barone Award is in honor of the former CBS "Face the Nation" executive producer and is presented for excellence in Washington-based reporting on Congress and politics. The Award is presented by the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association at its annual dinner. Video of Andrea Seabrook and Peter Overby accepting the award on behalf of NPR can be seen here.