The Livingston prizes for local, national and international reporting are limited to journalists under the age of 35 and are the largest all-media, general-reporting prizes in the country. This year’s winners are:
* Sarah Fenske, 34, Phoenix New Times (Local Reporting)
* John Henion, 34 and Mariana van Zeller, 34, Current TV (National Reporting)
* Matt Katz, 32, Philadelphia Inquirer (International Reporting)
Links to the award-winning journalism are after the jump.
New York, June 7. Livingston Awards judges Dean Baquet, Ellen Goodman, Clarence Page and Anna Quindlen introduced winners of three reporting prizes and another for lifetime mentoring at a lunch today at the Yale Club of New York City. The $10,000 prizes for local, national and international reporting are limited to journalists under the age of 35 and are the largest all-media, general-reporting prizes in the country.
The Livingstons also honor each year a superb on-the-job mentor with a $5,000 prize named for Richard M. Clurman, the distinguished Time, Inc. journalist.
Winners for 2010 work are:
* Local reporting. Sarah Fenske, 34, of Phoenix New Times for “Mr. Big Stuff.” New York Times Washington bureau chief, Dean Baquet introduced Fenske’s investigation of the housing director of Maricopa County, AZ that revealed flagrant nepotism, cronyism and other corruption that forced his resignation and the reorganization of the department.
* National reporting. John Henion, 34 and Mariana van Zeller, 34, of Current TV, for “Rape on the Reservation.” Columnist and author Ellen Goodman introduced the winners’ examination of the increased incidence of rape committed by members of South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian reservation against young women residents. The report brought to light the violent epidemic and the disturbing acceptance of this behavior by perpetrators who saw these crimes as part of normal behavior.
* International reporting. Matt Katz, 32, of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Clarence Page, columnist, author and frequent television commentator introduced Katz’ three-part “Mired in Afghanistan,” which underscored the daunting challenges faced by a U.S. military Provisional Reconstruction Team in trying to help Afghanistan rebuild after decades of warfare. “Embedded” with a unit including many from the Philadelphia area, Katz focused on Nuristan province, but shed light on the broader struggle, including hostility between various branches of the NATO effort.
* Introduced by Anna Quindlen, author and Newsweek contributing editor, Sandra Mims Rowe received the Richard M. Clurman Award for her dedication to mentoring young journalists during a 40-year career beginning at the (Norfolk, VA) Ledger-Star and culminating with the editorship of The Oregonian. Under her 17-year guidance, the staff won five Pulitzer prizes and became affectionately known to its reporters and editors as “Oregonian U,” for Rowe’s enthusiastic endorsement of brown-bag seminars and a variety of other professional training opportunities.
In addition to Baquet, Goodman, Page and Quindlen, the Livingston judging panel includes Ken Auletta, The New Yorker; Christiane Amanpour, host, “This Week;” Charles Gibson, former anchor, ABC News and John Harris, editor-in-chief, Politico. The program is directed by University of Michigan professor Charles R. Eisendrath, a former correspondent for Time magazine in Washington D.C., London, Paris and Buenos Aires.