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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Reporters Barton Gellman and Jo Becker have won the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for their Washington Post series last year, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency," describing Vice President Cheney's substantial and largely hidden influence on Bush administration policy, officials at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy have announced.

"The judges concluded the Cheney story was the most important of 2007," Thomas E. Patterson, acting director of the Shorenstein center, said in the announcement. "There were many deserving investigative reporting pieces, but the Cheney piece stood out for its startling revelations and deep investigation."

Gellman is a special projects reporter on the national desk. Becker is a former member of The Post's investigative unit who works at the New York Times.

The five finalists for the $25,000 prize were:

¿ Post reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull for "The Other Walter Reed," which revealed massive problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

¿ Joshua Kors of the Nation for "Thanks for Nothing," which revealed how military doctors were purposely misdiagnosing soldiers wounded in Iraq as having been ill before joining the Army.

¿ Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker of the New York Times for "A Toxic Pipeline," about Chinese exports, including medicines, that used diethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze, that are suspected of killing hundreds around the world.

¿ Tom Dubocq of the Palm Beach Post for "Palm Beach County's Culture of Corruption," which exposed that county's worst corruption scandal in almost a century.

¿ Loretta Tofani of the Salt Lake Tribune for "American Imports, Chinese Deaths," which showed that Chinese workers were dying from carcinogens used in making some of the harmful products produced for the United States.

The Goldsmith Book Prizes were awarded to John G. Geer for "In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns" and to Ted Gup for "Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life."

The Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism was given to Paul E. Steiger, former managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and editor in chief of ProPublica, a new nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

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