Globe Wins Award for Reporting

Boston Globe
February 4, 2003

WASHINGTON -- The staff of The Boston Globe has been awarded the Worth Bingham Prize for 2002 for its continuing series of stories on the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

Judges for the prize said the Globe's coverage had prompted reporters across the country to investigate similar allegations against clergy.

"The story of clergy sex abuse required hard and diligent work by many reporters and editors, and so we are gratified to receive recognition from our fellow journalists," said Martin Baron, editor of the Globe.

The Bingham Prize, which honors the best investigative reporting in American newspapers and news magazines in the previous year, will be presented in Washington tomorrow at the Washington Press Club Foundation's Congressional Dinner.

One of the judges, Frank Greve, assistant news editor of Knight Ridder's Washington bureau, praised the Globe for "its indefatigable investigation of the Catholic Church's handling of sex abuse by priests." The issue is not new, the judges noted, but they recognized the newspaper's determination in pursuing the story and its success in becoming the first to publish the contents of documents that were unsealed as a result of a court motion the Globe filed.

The other judges for the $10,000 prize were Jill Abramson, Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, and Bob Garrett, a Dallas Morning News reporter.

This story ran on page B5 of the Boston Globe on 2/4/2003.

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