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NPR News Honored With Two Dart Awards

The NPR News Investigation team is on a roll. On the heels of its recent IRE Award, the group has been honored with two awards from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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.

From the Dart Center's press release:

NPR and the Center for Public Integrity received the Dart Award for "Seeking Justice in Campus Rapes." (From NPR: Joseph Shapiro, correspondent; Robert Benincasa, computer-assisted reporting; Susanne Reber, editor. From CPI: Kristen Lombardi and Kristin Jones, reporters; David Donald, data editor; Gordon Witkin, supervising editor.) This series combined far-reaching investigative reporting with powerful personal stories to expose a pattern in which college students found responsible for sexual assaults face little punishment, while their victims receive little help.

Judges praised "Seeking Justice in Campus Rapes" for bringing to light a neglected issue with widespread impact and, at the same time, conveying the sheer power of human resilience and true agency of victims.

NPR and ProPublica received the Dart Award for "Brain Wars: How the Military is Failing its Wounded." (For NPR: Daniel Zwerdling, reporter; Susanne Reber, editor. For ProPublica: T. Christian Miller, reporter; Robin Fields, editor.) With great scope and depth, this far-reaching, comprehensive multimedia investigation delves into the ramifications of the signature wound of today's wars: traumatic brain injury (TBI). The investigation exposed that as many as 40% of soldiers mild TBI had gone undiagnosed, and that the Pentagon's health plan refused to cover the most proven method of treatment, leading to Congressional hearings and sweeping policy changes.

Judges called the series a "major piece of investigative journalism notable for its scope, depth and analysis." They commended it for "fulfilling journalism's promise as a pillar of democracy" and "fundamentally changing the way the public and policymakers understand TBI."

Congratulations again to the NPR I-Team, Center for Public Integrity, ProPublica and all of the 2011 Dart Award winners.

For more information on the Center and the awards, visit DartCenter.org.

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