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Friday, July 29, 2005

Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post's Berlin bureau chief, has won the 2005 Peter R. Weitz Prize for excellence in reporting on European affairs for his articles on terrorism.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States, a nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution in Washington, announced yesterday the winner of the "senior prize." It is named after Weitz, a former director of programs who was interested in promoting coverage of European affairs by American journalists.

Whitlock, 37, won the $10,000 prize for five investigative articles on the paths of terrorism in Europe that were published last year between July and November.

"Mr. Whitlock traces the steps of Islamist terror suspects across Europe and brings their clandestine world into the open, illustrating why so many have been able to exploit Europe's open borders and free societies," the public policy institution said in a news release.

A $5,000 junior prize for journalists younger than 35 went to John W. Miller of Dow Jones Newswires for "A Union of European People."

Winners were selected by a jury of American and European journalists.

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