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Pulitzer Center Update June 28, 2012

"To Adopt A Child" Recognized by the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism


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Image by Anup Kaphle. Nepal, 2010.

"To Adopt A Child," a film produced by Habiba Nosheen and Lisa Desai, with field reporting by Anup Kaphle, was named a runner-up for a 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism in the category of short form video. The video aired on PBS's program Need to Know.

Praised online by the Casey Medals as being "an impressively fair and balanced approach that included multiple viewpoints," this film investigates the adoption process in Nepal subsequent to the US State Department's decision to suspend adoptions of orphaned Nepalese children. As part of the Pulitzer Center project "Nepal: Rebuilding Lives after Trafficking," the film follows the bitter-sweet journey of American families who find themselves caught between two governments as they fight to bring their adopted children home from Nepal.

The reporting was supported by the Pulitzer Center, PBS's Need to Know and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

The Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism is a project of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Earlier this year, Nosheen won a Gracie Award in the category of outstanding reporter/correspondent also for her work on "To Adopt a Child."


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