Austin Tice, David Corn win Polk Awards

Long Island University

McClatchy's David Enders and Austin Tice have been awarded the George Polk Award for War Reporting for their work in Syria, Long Island University announced Monday. Tice, a freelancer, has been missing in Syria since last August.

Mother Jones reporter David Corn got an award for "persistent digging and careful negotiation with a source" that led him to publish a video of Mitt Romney appearing to dismiss a large portion of the electorate at a fund-raising dinner, a story that "rocked the nation and perhaps cost Mitt Romney the Presidential election," the awards announcement said.

Also honored by the Polk Awards: The Maine Sunday Telegram's Colin Woodard, for digging into the finances behind Maine's "virtual schools," and California Watch's Ryan Gabrielson for the "Broken Shield" series, which looks at how California treats mentally ill patients.

Related: Freelance reporter Austin Tice missing, was last in Syria | Missing reporter: ‘Coming here to Syria is the greatest thing I’ve ever done’ | How Romney’s ’47 percent’ video made its way to mainstream media | California Watch tells difficult story with video, tweets (and text) | Targeted by California Watch stories, a state institution loses license

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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