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Pulitzer Center Update May 5, 2017

Pulitzer Center Grantees Win 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards

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Sharon Henio-Yazzie (pictured with an abandoned school in Ramah) was one of roughly 40,000 children from 60 tribes placed in Mormon homes between 1947 and 2000. Image by Daniella Zalcman. USA, 2016.

Pulitzer Center grantees Ben Taub and Daniella Zalcman are among the winners of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

Taub was recognized in the "Print - International" category for "The Assad Files," an investigative work in The New Yorker chronicling a team of international investigators who smuggled secret Assad regime files documenting torture and other war crimes out of Syria.  

Zalcman was honored in the "Photography - International" category for "Signs of Your Identity," a unique photography project that uses double-exposed portraits to examine the legacy of Canada's forced residential school system for First Nations people. 

The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy's concerns, including human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world. Winning entries provide insights into the causes, conditions, and remedies of human rights violations and injustice, and critical analyses of relevant policies, programs, individual actions, and private endeavors that foster positive change. The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards are among the few in which winners are determined by their peers. 

Please see the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards website for the full list of 2017 winners. 

MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

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