The Center for Public Integrity and NPR News received a finalist citation for the 2012 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. The two organizations collaborated on a major air pollution investigation called Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities. The first-place award went to the Associated Press for a series on the the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terror attacks
The Goldsmith Prize is conferred by the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. The Investigative Reporting prize honors the journalist or journalists whose investigative reporting in a story or series of related stories best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics.
The other Goldsmith finalists, who each won $10,000, were:
— ABC News’ ”20/20,” for an investigation that uncovered a failure to protect Peace Corps volunteers who fell victim to sex abuse and that prompted a new law.
— The CBS affiliate in Houston, KHOU-TV, for uncovering extreme contamination in Texas drinking water and finding that radiation lab test results were lowered wrongfully.
— The New York Times, for an effort revealing state workers who beat or sexually abused developmentally disabled people kept their jobs, leading New York’s governor to force out two top state officials.
— ProPublica and The Washington Post, for an analysis of the Justice Department’s presidential pardon recommendations during George W. Bush’s administration that showed racial bias and other problems.
The judges also recognized Bloomberg News with a citation for an effort that revealed how the Federal Reserve gave a trillion dollars in bailout loans to Wall Street’s biggest banks.