|Mideast reporting receives Overseas Press Club Awards|
|The New York Times won five Overseas Press Club Awards, including honors for reporters and photographers working in Iraq, Russia, Sudan and Indonesia.
Times reporter Dexter Filkins and photographer Ashley Gilbertson won for coverage of a Marine unit that took 36 casualties fighting in Iraq. Filkins won for best newspaper or wire-service reporting from abroad, and Gilbertson won for best published photographic reporting from abroad.
The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh won for best print coverage of human rights for work on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, won the President's Award for distinguished service in the field of journalism.
Times photographer James Hill won the feature photography award for black-and-white images of the Beslan school attack in Russia, and Paolo Pellegrin won for best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books for a series on the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, published in the Times' magazine.
The award for environmental reporting went to the Times' Jane Perlez for "Indonesia: Poisoning Buyot Bay," an expose of abuses by a mining corporation in Indonesia.
Ted Koppel, of ABC News' "Nightline," won his 10th Overseas Press Club Award for best television spot news from abroad, making him the most-honored correspondent in the club's history. He shared the award with a team of co-workers for "Spotlight on Darfur."
Other winners were Andrea Bruce Woodall, of The Washington Post, for best newspaper or wire service photographic reporting from abroad for "The Cost of Liberty - Prostitution in Iraq;" Michael Goldfarb, Anna Bensted and George Hicks, of WBUR-FM in Boston, won best radio news for "British Jihad: Inside Out;" Patrick Graham, of Harper's Magazine, and Michael Ware, of Time, won for best magazine reporting from abroad. Graham won for "Beyond Fallujah: A Year with the Iraqi Resistance," and Ware won for "Reports from Iraq."
Ken Silverstein and T. Christian Miller, of the Los Angeles Times, won for best business reporting by a newspaper or wire service from abroad for "The Politics of Petroleum;" Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars," won for best nonfiction book on international affairs; Mark Danner, of The New York Review of Books, won for best international reporting in print showing concern for the human condition in "Torture and Truth." Simcha Jacobovici, Ric Esther Bienstock, Tim Wolochatiuk, Felix Golubev, Jennifer Hyde, Sid Bedingfield, associated producers for CNN and CBC, won for best international broadcast reporting showing a concern for the human condition for "CNN Presents: Impact of Terror."
For full details of the awards go to the Overseas Press Club Web site at: http://www.opcofamerica.org
Beirut,05 02 2005
The Daily Star