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Pulitzer Center Update March 15, 2019

Pulitzer Center Grantee Ben Taub Wins 2019 Ellie Award


Thousands of men and boys have been convicted of ISIS affiliation, and hundreds have been hanged. But these cases make up only a small fraction of the detainees. Thousands of families have been sent to camps in the desert, cast out from society. Moises Saman / Magnum for The New Yorker. Iraq, 2018.

ISIS has been destroyed, but will Iraq’s campaign of revenge help bring about its resurgence?

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Ellie Awards 2019.
Ellie Awards 2019.

On March 14, 2019, Pulitzer Center grantee Ben Taub was named winner of the 2019 Ellie Award for excellence in reporting.

Featured in the December 24-31, 2018 edition of The New Yorker, Taub’s winning project, “Shallow Graves,” investigates the Iraqi government’s brutal quest for revenge after the fall of ISIS.

Lauded by the American Society of Magazine Editors as “fearless and resolute,” Taub’s first-hand account details the sham trials and summary executions of hundreds of men and boys found to have collaborated with the ousted ISIS occupation. Thousands of families have also been detained in remote camps— the majority of those affected belonging to Iraq’s Sunni minority.

The Ellie Awards honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy enterprise and imaginative design. Founded in 1966, the awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME.


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