CINCINNATI (AP) — Reports on mismanagement of infant blood tests in the nation's hospitals and on the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records were among the journalistic efforts honored this year by The Scripps Howard Foundation.
The national journalism awards recognize excellence in work done in 2013. Awards totaling $180,000 were being presented Thursday during a dinner in Cincinnati.
— Investigative reporting: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for "Deadly Delays," a series that uncovered mismanagement of infant blood tests at hospitals nationwide. Judges praised work that could "save the lives of children around the country."
— Public service reporting: The Guardian US, for "The NSA Files" — coverage led by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras, with assistance from James Ball and Spencer Ackerman, which involved reporting on the National Security Agency, vetting vast amounts of information and conducting the first exclusive video interview with Edward Snowden.
— Distinguished Service to the First Amendment: The Better Government Association, a Chicago-based nonpartisan, nonprofit news-gathering organization, for work that has fostered open communication for 90 years and, in 2013, produced more than 80 news investigations and follow-up reports.
— Human interest storytelling: Andrea Elliott of The New York Times, for "Invisible Child," a chronicle of a year in the life of one of the city's 22,000 homeless children.
— Breaking news: The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, for "Yarnell Hill Fire," simultaneous coverage of three breaking news stories about a fire that killed 19 firefighters, the destruction of 127 homes and a forced mass evacuation.
— Digital innovation: NPR's Planet Money, for "Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt," a documentary and Kickstarter project that explored the hidden world behind clothing sold in the United States.
— Television/cable in-depth local coverage: KARE-TV in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, for "Unhitched & Out of Control," in which Boyd Huppert and Jonathan Malat led the staff in a public service report that demonstrated the risks, responsibilities — and sometimes deadly consequences — of simply towing a trailer.
— Television/cable in-depth national and international coverage: Associated Producers Ltd. and HBO Documentary Films, for their investigative documentary, "Tales from the Organ Trade." Associated Producers' Ric Esther Bienstock, Felix Golubev and Simcha Jacobovici and HBO's Sheila Nevins and Nancy Abraham documented black-market organ trafficking.