Kansas City Star wins reporting prize, Turner nets career award

Ted Turner speaks at the Forum.
Ted Turner speaks at the Forum.

March 13, 2001 — The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting has been awarded to Karen Dillon off the Kansas City Star for “To Protect and Collect,” which examined a controversial police practice of keeping money seized during drug raids.

The finalists for the prize were:

– Ken Armstrong and Steve Mills of the Chicago Tribune for “The Failure of the Death Penalty in Illinois” and “State of Execution: The Death Penalty in Texas.

– Renee Ferguson of NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV) for
“Strip-Searched at O’Hare.”

– Mark Katches, William Heisel, Ronald Campbell, Sharon Henry, Michael Goulding, Rebecca Allen and Tracy Wood of the Orange County Register for “The Body Brokers.”

– Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz, Vic Walter, Jill Rackmill, David Scott, Dawn Goeb, Jud Marvin, Gary Fairman, John Detarzio, Dow Haynor, Stuart Schutzman, Paul Slavin and Paul Friedman of ABC’s World News Tonight for “The Money Trail.”

– Andrew Schneider and Carol Smith of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for “Uncivil Action.”

The award was presented as part of the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

The Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism was given to Ted Turner, who joined the likes of Bill Kovach, Mike Wallace, Bob Woodward, and Lesley Stahl. The vice chairman and senior adviser of AOL Time Warner, R.E. (Ted) Turner pioneered the world’s first live, in-depth, around-the-clock, all-news television network with the launch of CNN in 1980.

The Goldsmith Book Prize was given to Lawrence R. Jacobs of the University of Minnesota and Robert Y. Shapiro of Columbia University for Politicians Don’t Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness.

The annual Goldsmith Awards Program receives financial support from the Goldsmith-Greenfield Foundation. The Shorenstein Center was established in 1986 to promote greater understanding of the media by public officials, to improve coverage by media professionals of government and politics, to better anticipate the consequences of public policies that affect the media and the First Amendment, and to increase knowledge about how the media affect political processes and government institutions.

This article is based on one in the Harvard Gazette. The photo is by Marc Halevi.