Joanne Silberner, a Pulitzer Center grantee, and David Baron, health and science editor for PRI's The World, won a 2013 Communication Award from The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine for a radio series on cancer in the developing world. The work includes "Cancer's Lonely Soldier," "Pink Ribbons to Haiti," "An Ounce of Prevention," and "The Infectious Connection." The five-part Pulitzer Center-supported series aired on PRI's The World.
Silberner and Baron were chosen "for shining a light on the hidden toll cancer takes in impoverished nations, killing more people than HIV, malaria, and TB combined."
The Communication Awards have been supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation since 2003 as part of the Keck Futures Initiative. Each comes with a $20,000 prize and recognizes excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. This year, there were approximately 300 print, broadcast and online entries.
The winners will be honored at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC on October 16.
Silberner was also recently awarded the 2013 European School of Oncology’s (ESO) Best Cancer Reporter Award.