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The Washington Post wins two National Headliner Awards

The Post won first place for its series on Japan’s uneasy relationship with whales and dolphins, and for its reporting on changing views of gender.

The Washington Post has been recognized with two National Headliner Awards.

Tokyo Bureau Chief Simon Denyer’s three-part examination of Japan’s uneasy relationship with whales and dolphins has won for international news beat coverage or continuing story by an individual or team.

Simon’s pieces explored the defiance and desperation that lie behind Japan’s resumption of commercial whaling; the growing popularity of whale-watching in Japan as whaling itself declines; and the struggle between local traditions and global anger that frame Japan’s annual (and now-notorious) dolphin hunt.

The judges praised Simon’s “well-told, enlightening stories” that illuminated these issues from Japanese historical and cultural perspectives.

Gender Reporter Samantha Schmidt and Demography Reporter Tara Bahrampour won in the new series category for, “Beyond the Binary,” their three-part series exploring changing views on gender and the disconnect that’s created across generational and ideological lines in some communities. Their stories explored one non-binary teenager’s struggle getting their parents to embrace their new name, a pregnant 26-year-old’s path toward self-discovery and parenthood in a binary world, and the evolving nature of gender in languages such as Spanish.