Globe Honored for Stories on Church, Islamic World

Boston Globe
February 24, 2003

The Boston Globe has been honored with two George Polk Awards for its coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal and the Islamic world.

The team of investigative journalists that exposed widespread sexual abuse by priests was honored for national reporting about the crisis in the Catholic Church. The stories uncovered the questionable way in which church officials handled abuse allegations and resulted in the resignation of Cardinal Bernard F. Law.

Former Globe reporter Anthony Shadid also received a Polk award for foreign reporting for his coverage of events in the Middle East.

Shadid was shot and seriously wounded while on assignment in the West Bank. He now works for the Washington Post.

Established at Long Island University in 1949 to memorialize a slain CBS war correspondent, the George Polk Award is one of the most coveted honors in journalism.

"Winning two Polk Awards is an immense honor for the Globe's staff," said Martin Baron, editor of the Globe.

"In recognizing our investigation into clergy sex abuse and our coverage of the Islamic world, the Polk Awards highlight the wide reach of this newspaper and the exceptional performance by our reporters on stories that were among last year's most important."

The New York Times also received two Polk awards. Clifford J. Levy won for regional reporting and Walt Bogdanich, Barry Meier, and Mary Williams Walsh were honored in the health care reporting category.

Among other winners, Morley Safer of CBS News received the Polk Career Award for his distinguished career in journalism.

This story ran on page B3 of the Boston Globe on 2/24/2003.


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