Reporters for The Washington Post won five awards and business reporter Krissah Williams was recognized as one of the country's top young journalists by the National Association of Black Journalists at an awards gala in Washington on Saturday.
The association's Salute to Excellence awards were presented at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel. CBS's Ed Bradley, winner of 19 Emmy Awards, was honored with the association's Lifetime Achievement Award and was recognized for stories he did last year on Ray Charles and Emmett Till.
This is the second year in a row that a Post reporter has received the award for top rising star. Metropolitan reporter Theola S. Labbe won the previous year.
The award is given for outstanding work by African American journalists with fewer than five years' experience. Williams, 26, has worked full time for the Post since 2002. She has written about the role that minority executives play in reshaping the business community and has traveled to El Salvador to write about the conflict that Salvadoran immigrants feel between the lives they left and their lives in the United States.
Wil Haygood, a reporter on the Style staff, was the winner in two categories. His article in The Washington Post Magazine describing Virginia farmer Ricky Haynie's battle with the U.S. Department of Agriculture won first place for magazines with circulation of more than 1 million. His article examining Marion Barry's return to the political arena during the former mayor's successful run for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat won for newspaper features.
Donna St. George, a reporter on the Metropolitan staff, won in the enterprise category for a series detailing a hidden phenomenon: that hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers across the United States have been killed in recent years, their homicides largely unknown and uncounted.
A Washington Post Metropolitan staff series won the environmental award for exposing lead contamination in the District's water supply and the failure of public officials to inform and protect residents. The series revealed that water agencies across the country have manipulated or withheld test results that disclose high levels of lead content.
Brigid Schulte, a reporter on the Metropolitan staff, won in the sports category for a series chronicling the lives of second-generation immigrants on the John F. Kennedy High School basketball team in Silver Spring.