OPC Award Winners
The Hal Boyle Award
Best newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad
LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF
Los Angeles Times
"Coverage of War on Two Fronts"
At a time when many news organizations are under pressure to cut
back on their international presence, the judges were impressed
by the depth of commitment made by the Los Angeles Times to cover
two of the world's most difficult and dangerous stories. The Times
maintained three fulltime correspondents in Baghdad, backed by more
than 20 Iraqi staffers.
The correspondents were ahead of the competition in describing the
disintegration of Sunni-Shiite neighborhoods and the role of Shiite
police in death squads. In Afghanistan, Paul Watson displayed remarkable
enterprise by describing how secret information was leaking out
of a U.S. military base and by traveling nearly 1,400 miles around
C.J. CHIVERS, The New York Times
SHADID, The Washington Post
"With the Marines" "The Contest for Lebanon"
The Bob Considine Award
Best newspaper or wire service interpretation of international affairs
"A Tank of Gas, AWorld of Trouble"
They said it couldn't be done -- trace a gallon of gas sold in America
to the oil producing countries from which it came. Paul Salopek
thought otherwise. Learning that refineries kept "crude slates,"
he convinced Marathon Oil to share the confidential list of crude
deliveries at its Illinois refinery. In a series that crackles with
verisimilitude, Salopek depicts both life in the oil fields of the
strife-torn African states that produced the crude, and life among
the truckers, Hummer drivers and down and outs at an all night Marathon
station vending the final product on Chicago's West side. Salopek's
effort is a model of how to plant a global story squarely on Main
CITATION MICHAEL MOSS
The New York Times
"The Iraq Court System:
Law and Disorder"
The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award
Best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional
courage and enterprise
Magnum for Newsweek
"True Pain: Israel & Hizbullah"
The judges found Pellegrin's startling pictures to be haunting in
their vision of the war and its victims. Based primarily in the
southern Lebanese city of Tyre and enduring the dangers of intense
Israeli shelling and bombardment, Pellegrin photographed the damage,
death, and internal displacement of a country ravaged by conflict.
His photographs of the anxieties and terrors of war are universal
images. They are full of austere beauty even as they tell a damning
truth about the brutal nature of armed conflict and its terrible
effects on civilian populations.
The Olivier Rebbot Award
Best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines or books
Redux - Newsweek
"Sri Lanka:War Without End"
The judges all agreed that Sakamaki's comprehensive visual report
of the civil war in Sri Lanka, which includes work with both Tamil
and Sri Lankan fighters as well as powerfully cathartic images of
civilian casualties and refugees, told the most poignant story in
defining the brutal contours of the conflict, Sakamaki has evoked
the emotional and deadly trauma of a savage civil war that has raged
for nearly 25 years and has all but been forgotten by the outside
The John Faber Award
Best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers orwire services
Contact Press Images - Los Angeles Times
"The African Scourge"
The jury felt that Kristen Ashburn's "The African Scourge"
stood out among some very strong entries. Her story on AIDS in Africa
showed an understanding, compassion, dedication and warmth for her
This created an emotional response from the members of the jury
and was key to her selection as the winner. In her photographs Ashburn
allowed her subjects to speak rather than the photographs or the
Feature Photography Award
Best feature photography published in any medium on an international
Getty Images - Time
"The Other Side of War"
Farah Nosh's project, "The Other Side of War," presents
a rare and intimate glimpse into the private life of an Iraqi family
in Baghdad. In startling contrast to the typical media portrayal
of Iraqis as either victims or combatants, Nosh presents her subjects
as ordinary people, in moments of shelter from the war raging outside
the walls of their home. The judges found her work to be extraordinary,
not only for the unique perspective she brings to the subject, but
for the poignancy and eloquence of her visual language.
The Lowell Thomas Award
Best radio news or interpretation of international affairs
Radio Diaries and National Public Radio
"Thembi's AIDS Diary"
This is a compelling account of a young woman's fight against the
pandemic that is sweeping Africa. Thembi Ngubane, a resident of
the sprawling South African township of Khayelitsha, spent a year
recording her feelings about the disease, her fears about having
a child of her own and the pain of telling her father about her
illness. The judges felt that this was an example of radio at its
finest: powerful, creative and deeply moving. Superb editing, which
compacted 50 hours of raw tape into a half-hour documentary, allowed
Thembi to tell her own story while simultaneously illustrating the
political and social tensions roused by AIDS in a nation still trying
to overcome the legacy of its apartheid past.
CITATION RENEE MONTAGNE
National Public Radio
"Afghanistan Five Years Later"
The David Kaplan Award
Best TV spot news reporting from abroad
LARA LOGAN, JEFF NEWTON,
ROME HARTMAN, BILL OWENS,
CBS Evening News
Judges noted Logan's "immensely powerful storytelling"
in her coverage of American troops under fire in Ramadi. Logan was
running along with troops when a 19-year old soldier was shot right
in front of her. Logan caught several signs of imminent disaster
seconds before snipers opened fire: women suddenly running away
down the street, shops abandoned with all of their goods openly
on display. Judges were especially impressed by Logan's capturing
of many human moments and gritty details as the young troops faced
possible death. Some of their comments as bullets were hitting around
them: "we're going to get blown up," and "we're just
rolling the dice."
The Edward R. Murrow Award
Best TV interpretation or documentary on international affairs
RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK
Associated Producers for PBS Frontline
"Sex Slaves" represents everything a winner should have:
strong dramatic story, riveting characters, amazing access, good
journalism, and professional execution. This portrait of modern
day slavery is made possible by the most compelling use of undercover
cameras in recent memory. The international scourge of human trafficking
is shown from all sides the women, their families, the middlemen
(who sometimes were women) and the traffickers themselves.
The disappearance of Katia and her husband Viorel's desperate search
to trace and rescue her from Turkey is the stuff of movie scripts.
The fact that Katia's kidnapper, Vlad, agrees to talk about and
justify his crime is a coup for the filmmakers that serves to highlight
the enormous difficulty of stamping out this ancient but still thriving
crime against humanity. Bravo to the filmmakers for their first-rate
reporting and forceful storytelling worthy of the name Murrow.
The Ed Cunningham Award
Best magazine reporting from abroad
The New Yorker
"The Lessons of Tal Afar"
Packer writes a brilliant overview and analysis of a failed American
counter-insurgency effort in Iraq by focusing on a successful stand-alone
operation. Reporting from Tal Afar and Washington, he distills the
essence of one effort to pacify Iraq, while lamenting that, in general,
it is a road not taken by American political and military leaders.
Packer's story features superb writing and on-the-scene reporting.
He describes the failed policies which have emboldened U.S. enemies
and divided American public opinion. His piece could have been entitled
"The Anatomy of a Catastrophe."
RON MOREAU and SAMI YOUSAFZAI
"Resurgence of the Taliban"
The Thomas Nast Award
Best cartoons on international affairs
Philadelphia Daily News
With her edgy characters and tart taglines, Signe Wilkinson never
fails to surprise. Whether she is skewering the Bush White House
for its Iraq policy or the repressive Chinese regime's crackdown
on the Internet, Wilkinson amuses, informs and enlightens.
KEVIN (KAL) KALLAUGHER
The Morton Frank Award
Best business reporting from abroad in magazines
The New York Times Magazine
"Google's China Problem (And China's Google Problem)"
The explosive growth of Google was one of the biggest stories of
the year. But in the case of China, this growth came at significant
cost to Google's reputation, as the internet giant agreed to submit
to official censorship. Clive Thompson traveled twice to China and
conducted hard-to-get on-therecord interviews to explore whether
Google betrayed its own credo (Don't be evil). Thompson's detailed
account added context, depth, and dimension to a story that had
played out in the news over weeks.
showed that China, too, bore a cost for letting Google in. Ultimately,
he offered unparalleled insights into the way in which a company
and a country rewrote the rules of global business.
MICHAEL SMITH and DAVID VOREACOS, Bloomberg Markets
"Secret World of Modern Slavery in South America"
DEXTER ROBERTS and PETE ENGARDIO, Business Week
"Secrets, Lies, and Sweatshops"
The Malcolm Forbes Award
Best business reporting from abroad in newspapers or wire services
LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF
Los Angeles Times
"The New Foreign Aid"
The Los Angeles Times five-part series focused on the extensive
phenomenon known as remittances whereby immigrants working abroad
send money to their families in their home countries. This $250
billion global ritual accounts for the fastest growing and most
reliable source of income for developing countries. Every day remittances
are flowing not just to Mexico from California, but from Italy to
Kenya, Spain to Ecuador, South Africa to Zimbabwe, and from just
about everywhere to the Philippines. The Times brought the stories
to life by recounting the sometimes harrowing experiences of individuals
on both ends of the remittance pipeline. Proving that commitment
to foreign news is not dead, the Times sent its reporters to 14
countries to tell the compelling stories of remittances the new
DAN FITZPATRICK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Wild Wild East"
CHIP CUMMINS, The Wall Street Journal
"The Global Energy-Security Crisis"
The Cornelius Ryan Award
Best nonfiction book on international affairs
Alfred A. Knopf
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
This is a disturbing story of life inside the walled-off Baghdad
enclave that has served as the nerve center of America's occupation
of Iraq. The Washington Post's Rajiv Chandrasekaran captures the
dangerous absurdity of Americans ensconced in their imperial comcompound.
from air conditioned spaces in Saddam's old palaces, comforted by
all the amenities of home and protected by the most powerful army
on earth, they remained dangerously cut off from the chaotic realities
of the country they were supposed to save. By turns tragic and darkly
comic, "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" is a stark
reminder of how much damage American arrogance and naivete can inflict
on the world.
Alfred A. Knopf
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
The Madeline Dane Ross Award
Best international reporting in the print medium showing a concern
for the human condition
CELIAW. DUGGER and
DONALD G. McNEIL, JR.
The New York Times
"Diseases on the Brink"
These vivid reports combined poignant personal reporting and comprehensive
investigation of medical, cultural and political realities to point
up serious Third World health problems that could be eliminated
with just a bit more understanding and effort, which the series
itself helped to generate. The writers traveled to India, Nigeria,
Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Ghana highlighting the horrors
left behind by such diseases as lymphatic filariasis, blinding trachoma,
measles, polio, and guinea worm ailments that no longer trouble
the developed world, but persist in poor regions.
The Carl Spielvogel Award
Best international reporting in the broadcast media showing a concern
for the human condition
JON ALPERT and MATTHEW O'NEILL
Downtown Community Television Center / HBO
This extraordinary piece of cinema verité puts flesh
and blood on the grim casualty statistics of the Iraq War. By following
wounded American soldiers and Iraqi civilians as they are brought
into the 86th Combat Support Hospital for treatment, it depicts,
without editorializing, the horror of war and the heroism of the
ordinary men and women who confront it on a daily basis.
MICHAEL SULLIVAN, LETHI MINH HANH,
National Public Radio
"Wartime Diary Touches Vietnamese"
STEPHEN SEGALLER, PAMELA HOGAN,
JUDY KATZ, TAMARA ROSENBERG
Thirteen/WNET New York
"Wide Angle: Back to School"
The Joe And Laurie Dine Award
Best international reporting in any medium dealing with human rights
St. Martin's Press
Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program
Stephen Grey's "Ghost Plane" is the consummation of years
of investigation, not only by the author, but, as he acknowledges,
the informal global network of journalists with whom he collaborated
to reveal the murky world of rendition, extraordinary rendition
and proxy torture. By tracing the landings and takeoffs of clumsily
concealed CIA flights, his work not only demonstrates concerned
investigative journalism in action, it lifts the lid on a global
gulag of prisons and torture chambers, assembled by US officials
in defiance of domestic and international human rights law. It caused
a furor in Europe, and should here.
"Bosnia War Criminals in the USA"
The Whitman Bassow Award
Best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues
"The Price We Pay for China's Boom"
Osnos and his Chicago Tribune reporting team made the familiar story
of China's environmental devastation immediate for North American
readers. The unprecedented quality of the entries for the Bassow
Award suggests that 2006 was the year journalists learned to tell
the fantastically complex story of climate change with verve and
cogent analysis. Evan Osnos and the Tribune team exhibited those
qualities in abundance.
The Robert Spiers Benjamin Award
Best reporting in any medium on Latin America
PAMELA YATES, PETER KINOY, PACO deONÍS
Skylight Pictures -- The History Channel en Español
"State of Fear"
A chilling recounting of the decades that Peruvians suffered under
threat from the terrorist group Sendero Luminoso and then from their
own governments' counter-terrorism repression is told through the
eyes and ears of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well
as a society photographer who documented the atrocities. Sobering
first person stories and archival footage show how the country became
convulsed with fear. It is a cautionary tale about terrorism as
Peruvians fight to restore democracy and its rule of law and learn
whom to trust.
THEWALL STREET JOURNAL STAFF
The Wall Street Journal
"Cuba's Looming Change"
Best web coverage of international affairs
STAFF OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Los Angeles Times
These five well-reported stories, beautifully complemented by interactive
graphics, crisp photography, and video reports tailored for the
Web rather than television viewers, bring to light a crisis in the
world's oceans. Using California's fragile coastline as a jumping
off point, the series ties together recent global data on coral
reefs, water temperature and fish stocks, into a jarring report
on a serious threat to sea life, and in turn, to life on the rest
of the planet. In reports from Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and
from the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway Island, the editorial team
explains the complex chemical and biological factors driving many
species of aquatic plants and animals toward extinction. The framing,
pace and tone of the video reports, the direct relevance of interactive
features, and the urgent but not hyperbolic tone of the text stories
provided a mix that was truly made for online media.
KEVIN SITES INTHE HOT ZONE
The Artyom Borovik Award
For outstanding reporting by a Russian journalist who displays courage,
insight, and independence of thought
"Commentary on Contemporary Russia"
During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, Major Izmailov commanded a
battalion. Now a reporter for one of Russia's last bastions of the
free press, the Moscow newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, Izmailov has written
an authoritative column on Russian military affairs.
mere commentator, Izmailov, a longtime colleague of the late Anna
Politkovskaya, is part independent analyst, part human rights mediator,
and at least two parts muckraker in the tradition of Seymour Hersh.
His 2006 columns typify the Izmailov style: each is an unflinching
examination of malfeasance in the armed forces, be it corruption
at the highest levels, hazing of recruits, or alleged war crimes
in the ongoing conflict, now in its thirteenth year, in Chechnya.