Toxic dumping, public corruption investigations among winners
Investigative stories about deceit in Cleveland's public school district and an environmental disaster in New Jersey won the top prizes in the 2005 IRE awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors announced today. Those were among 15 prizes awarded by IRE. Other stories honored included a 17-year body of crime reporting that unmasked the killer in the 1963 murder of civil rights worker Medgar Evers, investigations into fraud and abuse in two federal agencies and stories documenting troubles with the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, IRE recognized one of the youngest journalists it has honored for work done primarily while in high school and, for the first time, gave a broadcasting award to a network not based in North America. The Korean Broadcasting System won a certificate for a report that prompted the South Korean government to ban ocean dumping. See full list of winners, finalists and judges' comments.