Anne Hull, a reporter on the National staff of The Washington Post, has been honored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for a series of stories that "eloquently explored the subtle effects of the Iraq War on a range of Americans."
Hull was awarded the society's Batten Medal, which is named for the late James Batten, a reporter, editor and Knight Ridder chief executive. The $2,500 annual award "recognizes a body of work that represents the journalistic values Jim stood for: compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog," the society notes in its brochure. "In short, journalism that touches real people."
Five of Hull's stories were submitted, including a piece about Blake Johnson, a 17-year-old from rural Mississippi whose story illuminated the cultural and economic pressures many Americans feel to enlist and go to war. In another piece, Hull wrote early last year about her brother's family, including 9- and 10-year-old daughters, while his wife served a tour of duty with the Air Force in Iraq.
"It was an honor to witness the forces that weigh on people whose quiet lives and small choices define this war and this moment in our country," Hull said yesterday.
Other award winners were C.J. Chivers of the New York Times, individual deadline reporting; the staff of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, deadline reporting by a team; Ana Menendez of the Miami Herald, column writing; Suzanne Kreiter of the Boston Globe, community service photojournalism; Andrea Elliott of the New York Times, writing about diversity; Jane Healy of the Orlando Sentinel, editorial writing; Ken Armstrong, Justin Mayo and Steve Miletich of the Seattle Times, local accountability reporting; and Barbara Brotman of the Chicago Tribune, non-deadline writing.