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Scripps winners: Mexico Under Siege, Michael Robinson Chavez, David Willman*

March 13, 2009 | 12:27 pm

Here's the memo from Editor Russ Stanton about honors from Scripps Howard:

   Colleagues:

   It’s a pleasure to announce that we have been honored with three first-place awards in the annual Scripps Howard National Journalism contest.

   The Times staff took the Web reporting prize for “Mexico Under Siege.” This multimedia project, which features photo galleries, videos, a searchable archive of stories, an interactive map and a Q&A blog, is a great example of what we can achieve when we collaborate across departments and put our finest work out there in all platforms. If you haven’t seen the presentation, go to latimes.com/siege.

   The Scripps Howard judges awarded Michael Robinson Chavez the photojournalism prize for a portfolio of images from around the world. The judges cited Michael’s “ability to work intimately and analytically in unfamiliar cultures and situations” in Mumbai, Nepal, Mexico, the rural U.S. and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Don Bartletti was a finalist in the same category for pictures chronicling the ordeal of Mexican immigrants who braved wildfires to cross the border.

   Our third winner was David Willman, in the Washington reporting category, for his articles on the flawed federal investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks.* [Updated: This post earlier said incorrectly that the anthrax attacks for which Willman's reporting was honored were in 2002.]

     A complete list of winners and finalists is here.

     Congratulations to everyone.

Russ Stanton
Editor

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