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Times wins RFK Award for Haiti coverage

April 19, 2011 |  5:40 pm

Editor Russ Stanton sent the following award announcement to the newsroom:

The Pulitzer Prizes we celebrated yesterday honored our coverage of events in our own backyard.

Today brings further recognition -- this time for our foreign reporting.

Our coverage of last year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti has won a 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

The Times’ winning entry in the international print category showcased the work of reporters Joe Mozingo, Scott Kraft, Tracy Wilkinson, Tina Susman, Ken Ellingwood and Mitchell Landsberg and photographer Liz Baylen.

The RFK Award recognizes “outstanding reporting on human rights, social justice and the power of individual action.”

All were themes of our reporting on the disaster in Haiti. Among the highlights were Joe’s heart-rending story about a mother’s quest to save her child from a cholera epidemic, Scott’s piece on an 11-year-old street urchin surviving on wits alone in the days after the quake, and Liz’s gallery of still and video images that showed how one survivor struggled to master an artificial leg and then rebuilt his ruined home with scraps of wood and sheet metal.

Please join me in toasting these colleagues and their distinguished work.