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The Pandora Papers wins two Scripps Howard Awards

WASHINGTON DC, MAY 24: The Washington Post Building at 1301 K St. NW in Washington DC, May 24, 2016. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

The Pandora Papers, The Post’s collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in probing how billionaires and world leaders hide their wealth, has won the Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in National/International Investigative Reporting. The project also earned the SHA Impact Award for spurring accountability for those named in the investigation.

The Post’s “Four Hours of Insurrection,” a riveting audio report on the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was a Scripps Howard Award finalist for Excellence in Radio/Podcast Coverage.

Based on 11.9 million confidential files, the Pandora Papers triggered more than 20 investigations, brought down governments in Honduras and the Czech Republic, and spurred the most significant legislation to reform anti-money laundering laws in the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks.

More than 600 journalists at 150 news organizations in 117 countries joined forces — the largest collaboration in journalism history. The reporting demonstrated how money and power operate in the 21st century, perpetuating corruption, exploiting the world’s most vulnerable and widening gaps between rich and poor. One U.S. senator called the cross-border investigation a “wake-up call to all who care about the future of democracy.”

The Scripps Howard Award judges called the Pandora Papers a “mammoth undertaking” whose “revelations had a global impact . . . The scope, complexity and impact of the Pandora Papers is breathtaking.” Within the Post’s newsroom, the Pandora Papers was a sprawling effort that included Business, Foreign, Design, Video, Graphics, Audio, Photo and others, showing the power of collaborative journalism at its best.

The “Four Hours of Insurrection” podcast was another testimony to the Post’s ability to leverage talent from across the newsroom. The Post’s audio team took listeners inside the Capitol with the help of harrowing recollections and observations from reporters and visual journalists from Metro, Photo, National and Video.