Dart Award Winner

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 9 2014

    Harper High School: Parts I and II

    This stark two-part radio series follows students, school staff and families as they confront and cope with the deeply disruptive impact of gun violence on their everyday lives. The series offers revelatory insights into gang geography, youth culture, the corrosive impact of trauma and the overwhelming limitations to stemming the tide of violence. Judges called “Harper High School” “profoundly moving” and “extraordinarily comprehensive and compassionate” in its complexity. Originally broadcasted on NPR in February 2013.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 8 2014

    Grace Through Grief: A Shattered Family Recovers

    This intimate seven-part print and multimedia series tells the story of Arturo Martinez, who suffered life-threatening injuries after an intruder broke into his house and sexually assaulted and murdered his wife and daughter while the rest of the family slept. Judges called "Grace Through Grief" a “deeply reported and inspiring portrayal of a family in the aftermath of horror.” Originally published in the Las Vegas Sun in April, 2013.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Mar 26 2013

    "What Happened at Dos Erres" and "Finding Oscar"

    This American Life, ProPublica and Fundación MEPI collaborated to produce a stunning and powerful story in multiple formats that uncovers a 1982 massacre of a village in Guatemala. There were only two known survivors. Thirty years later, Oscar Ramirez, living in Boston, got a call from a woman who told him he was one of them. "Finding Oscar" and "What Happened at Dos Erres" were both originally published in May, 2012.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Mar 25 2013

    Standing Up: Davien's Story

    This powerful and poignant multimedia series tells the story of Davien Graham, who was 16-years old when he was shot by a Latino gang member for being black. With dignity, insight and compassion, the series documents Davien’s life over the course of five years – from his hospital bed to his new life as a paraplegic, through the trial and conviction of his shooter and beyond. Judges called “Standing Up” a “tour de force," “resonating at the highest level of journalistic excellence.” Originally published in the Los Angeles Times in November, 2012.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 1 2012

    Living 9/11

    Photo: Stephen Nessen: 
On the the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Tribute in ...

    This radio special uses a mix of archival recordings and interviews with dozens of ordinary people to help listeners understand the emotional impact of the traumatic event, ten years later. Originally broadcast by WNYC and presented by PRX in August, 2011.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 1 2012

    Punched Out

    Photo: Marcus Yam for The New York Times: 
Aaron Boogaard in the apartment h ...

    Over six months, The New York Times examined the life and death of the professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who rose to fame as one of the sport's most feared fighters before dying at age 28.  Originally published in the New York Times in December, 2011.

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    Apr 14 2011

    Brain Wars: How the Military is Failing its Wounded

    Graphic: Al Granberg: 
Traumatic brain injuries have been called the "signat ...

    This comprehensive multimedia investigation delves into the ramifications of the signature wound of today’s wars: traumatic brain injury (TBI). Originally published by ProPublica and NPR  in 2010.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 13 2011

    A Tormenting Problem: An Exploration of New-Age Bullying

    This series, spurred by the suicide of a Massachusetts teenager, explores the phenomenon of bullying from every angle, including the experiences of victims and the adults and institutions charged with protecting them.  Originally published in the Boston Globe throughout 2010.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 13 2011

    Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes

    This series combined far-reaching investigative reporting with powerful personal stories to expose a pattern in which college students found responsible for sexual assaults face little punishment, while their victims receive little help. Originally aired on NPR in February and March, 2010.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 13 2011

    Private Battles

    Photo / Sonya N. Hebert / Dallas Morning News: 
Sgt. 1st Class Mario Sierra  ...

    This five-part series documents military families struggling as their loved ones leave to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally published in the Dallas Morning News June through December, 2010.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 14 2010

    For Their Own Good

    Photo: Edmund D. Fountain / St. Petersburg Times: 
Thirty-one graves, some u ...

    This six-part series reveals a century of abuse at Florida's oldest reform school in a haunting narrative. Originally published by the St. Petersburg Times between April and December, 2009, it is a winner of the 2010 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 14 2010

    The Deadly Choices at Memorial

    Photo: Paolo Pellegrin / Magnum / The New York Times: 
Four years after Katr ...

    This gripping narrative, which exposes the decision-making that left 18 patients dead after injections of painkillers and sedatives in a flooded hospital in New Orleans, is a winner of the 2010 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. It was originally published by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine in August, 2009.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 16 2009

    Crossing the Line: Abuse in Hawai’i Homes

    Photo: Jeff Widener: 
Deann Dano, 14, looks on in Circuit Court during the s ...

    This exceptional seven-part investigative series tells the stories of native Hawai’ian women whose lives were forever changed by domestic violence. Originally published in The Honolulu Advertiser in December, 2008.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 15 2009

    Daysha's Diary

    Photo: Jeff Widener: 
Donna Weber cradles the ashes of her 21-year-old daugh ...

    The intimate diary of Daysha Aiona-Aka, a 21-year old mother who was murdered at the hands of her estranged boyfriend, offers a rare glimpse of the dynamics of unfolding domestic abuse. Originally published in The Honolulu Advertiser in December, 2008 as part of Crossing the Line: Abuse in Hawai'i Homes.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 14 2009

    Rape as a Weapon of War

    This five-part investigative series examines the brutality of sexual violence in conflict zones and the medical, humanitarian, legal, and political response to it. Originally aired on Public Radio International's "The World"  between January and June, 2008.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Apr 14 2009

    Beyond Rape: A Survivor's Story

    A bold, groundbreaking, piece of journalism in which Joanna Connors turns her reportorial skills on her own sexual assault. Originally published in The Plain Dealer of Cleveland in May, 2008.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Johanna: Facing Forward

    
As she sleeps in her hospital bed in spring, 2007, Johanna Orozco tosses and moans. The dist ...

    This nine-part series tells the story of a teenage relationship turning to obsession and abuse, and a strong young woman recovering from a horrific act of violence. Originally published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in September, 2007.

  • Dart Award Winner

    Sexual Abuse of Native American Women

    
Ron His Horse Is Thunder, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, says that as long as th ...

    One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. This two-part series tells the story behind this shocking statistic — a story of both human tragedy and  systematic failure of criminal justice on and off of reservations.  This series led to the reopening of a sexual assault case, Congressional hearings, and the launching of a website to manage donations to help sexual assault victims living in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Originally aired on NPR on July 25 and 26, 2007.

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    Yolanda's Crossing

    
Jacinta Aguilar Borques bathes in the river in La Barra del Potrero, Mexico. At the same riv ...

    In rural Mexico , Yolanda Méndez Torres lived in a society where sexual violence against girls often goes unreported and unpunished. In America , she joined legions of undocumented abuse victims who have little hope of finding justice. This narrative series chronicles Yolanda's crossing between the two worlds. Originally published in The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), in Dec., 2006.

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    Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight

    (MARK MIRKO / March 17, 2006): 
TRISHA FISH , who had a son with Army Spec.  ...

    The U.S. military is sending troops with serious psychological problems into Iraq and is keeping soldiers in combat even after superiors have been alerted to suicide warnings and other signs of mental illness, a Courant investigation has found. Originally published in the Hartford Courant, May 2006.