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For immediate release
April 6, 2001
Jessamyn Sarmiento,


WASHINGTON- NPRŽ News and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) were awarded The Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Award for Journalistic Excellence in Electronic Media for "Massacre at Cuska: Anatomy of a War Crime," produced by their documentary unit American RadioWorks. The Scripps Howard Awards will be presented April 6 during a banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

American RadioWorks reporters Stephen Smith and Michael Montgomery investigated the events surrounding the May 14, 1999 attack on Cuska, an ethnic Albanian village, by Serbian militiamen seeking to rid the area of Kosovo Liberation Army Fighters. The program detailed testimony from Serbian fighters alleging that Slobodan Milosevic's senior generals masterminded a campaign of murder and deportations against Kosovar Albanians, and it documents one episode of mass killing during the Kosovo War. Scripps Howard judges said of the documentary, "The powerful story is factual, straightforward, human and chilling."

This American RadioWorks documentary aired on All Things ConsideredŽ from NPR News and was made possible through major funding by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Florence and John Schumann Foundation, with additional project support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the U. S. Institute for Peace, and the Glaser Family Foundation.

"American RadioWorks represents the commitment of NPR and MPR to documentary and investigative journalism," said Bruce Drake, Vice President for NPR News. "There is no better example than Massacre at Cuska where dogged and determined reporting resulted in a story that put faces on a group of Serbian fighters who took part in the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign in Kosovo and made clear that their actions were not the work of rogue militiamen as Yugoslav authorities claimed."

The Scripps Howard Foundation is the corporate foundation of The E.W. Scripps Company. Its mission is to advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development. The awards recognize excellence in several categories including editorial writing, human interest writing, environmental and public service reporting, business/economics reporting, commentary, photojournalism, electronic journalism, college cartooning, Internet reporting and editorial cartooning.

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