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Pulitzer Center Update March 21, 2017

'The End of AIDS' Wins Award for Excellence in Healthcare Journalism

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Ending AIDS

An on-the-ground look at efforts in Africa and the United States to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Image by TJ Maposhere. Zimbabwe, 2015.
Image by TJ Maposhere. Zimbabwe, 2015.

Pulitzer Center grantees and multimedia journalists Jon Cohen, Jason Kane, and William Brangham received the award for excellence in the category of public health from The Association of Healthcare Journalists for their series "The End of AIDS". 

As scientists and researchers prepared to gather in South Africa for the International AIDS Conference last summer, Cohen, Kane, and Brangham, with the PBS NewsHour, launched an ambitious six-part series to ask a bold question: is ending the AIDS epidemic within reach? Even with no vaccine or cure in sight, some of the world's top researchers were increasingly confident that we now have the tools at hand to break the back of this epidemic.

The reporters traveled to six places around the world that have big plans for ending their epidemics: San Francisco, Atlanta, New York, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.

In the series, PBS NewsHour explained the complicated science behind the push to end AIDS, as well as explored the personal, sometimes harrowing stories of people grappling with the virus.

Judges characterized "The End of AIDS" as being in a class by itself for the richness of its storytelling and the depth of its reporting. The documentary produced new and compelling insights about the global battle to conquer AIDS. The monumental effort launched by PBS on this project is especially impressive given the dwindling amount of resources in journalism-land.

The full list of winners is available on The Association of Healthcare Journalists' website.


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