Washington Post reporter Greg Jaffe wins ford Prize for reporting in Afghanistan

Friday, April 30, 2010

Greg Jaffe, a military affairs reporter for The Washington Post since 2009, has won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for distinguished reporting on national defense for his coverage of the war in Afghanistan.

The award, announced Thursday, honors work that included Jaffe's three-part series on the 2008 Battle of Wanat, in which Taliban fighters launched a major assault on a small U.S. Army outpost, killing nine soldiers and wounding 27.

The account was told from the perspective of a lieutenant killed in the fight, Jonathan Brostrom, and his father, who has sought answers to what went wrong. In selecting Jaffe, the Ford judges said his articles "offer a clear and cohesive picture of the many challenges associated with national defense."

Jaffe, 41, of Arlington, will receive the $5,000 prize at a June 7 ceremony at the National Press Club. It marks the fourth time a Post reporter has won the award.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation also honored Ben Feller, White House reporter since 2006 for the Associated Press. In his reporting on the presidency, the judges said Feller, 39, of the District, "proved himself to be both a master of deadline reporting and an astute analyst of the meaning and significance of President Obama's initiatives and actions."

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