Wednesday, February 28, 2007

congratulations lisa and matthew

AND the courant too!!!

the award was VERY much deserved. your series of articles was amazing!

'Hartford Courant' Wins Selden Ring for Investigative Reporting

By Joe Strupp Published: February 27, 2007 10:30 AM ET
NEW YORK Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant have won the prestigious Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for their series about the U.S. military's recruitment and deployment of mentally ill soldiers in Iraq. The $35,000 annual prize, presented by the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, recognizes the year's "outstanding work in investigative journalism that led to direct results.""Beginning in May 2006, the Courant published a series of articles detailing how the U.S. military is sending troops with serious psychological problems into Iraq and is keeping soldiers in combat even after superiors have been alerted to suicide warnings and other signs of mental illness," a statement from the award's judges said. "The Hartford reporters documented the tragic consequences, including suicides among unstable recruits. As a result of the Courant's reporting, Congress has mandated new mental health screening for recruits and set limits on how long troubled soldiers can be required to stay in a war zone." ..............

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