April 22, 2011
Emerson Brown, NPR



NPR is being honored with two 2011 RFK Journalism Awards for a series examining the failure of colleges to protect women from sexual assault, and photographs depicting the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, it was announced this week. Receiving RFK Journalism Awards are the NPR News Investigation "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes," reported by correspondent Joseph Shapiro in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity, and gripping Haiti coverage from NPR photographer David Gilkey.

In "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes," which aired in February 2010 on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, NPR's Shapiro examined why colleges and universities fail to protect women from an epidemic of sexual assault on campus. The 12-month investigation found that even the best-intentioned of colleges are ill-equipped to investigate campus rape, and administer adequate punishments – creating a culture where victims cannot count on their schools or government oversight agencies for help. The series was a collaboration of NPR's Investigative Unit and the Center for Public Integrity. Sharing the award with Shapiro are investigative editor Susanne Reber and computer-assisted reporter Robert Benincasa. The Center’s team included Kristen Lombardi, Gordon Witkin, David Donald, and Kristin Jones. The series has also been awarded a 70th Annual George Foster Peabody Award and a 2011 Gracie Award for Outstanding Hard News Feature.

"NPR and CPI were able to tell this story in a compelling way, because of the women who were willing to share their painful stories," said NPR Investigative Correspondent Joseph Shapiro. "The Obama Administration listened and recently announced clearer guidelines for campus officials on how to address many of the serious problems we noted in our series."

NPR photographer David Gilkey was also honored with the RFK Photojournalism Award. Gilkey traveled to Haiti just after the January 2010 earthquake to document the devastation in Port-au-Prince. One year later, he again returned to the country to reveal its slow recovery from the massive disaster. Gilkey was also named 2011 Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association, in its annual "Eyes of History" contest. He is currently on assignment in Afghanistan.

Established in December of 1968 by a group of reporters covering Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign, the RFK Journalism Awards honors those who report on issues that reflect Robert F. Kennedy's concerns, including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world. More information and a full list of winners are available at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights website.

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