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Sarah Stillman Wins Michael Kelly Award

Freelancer and visiting scholar at NYU Sarah Stillman is this year’s recipient of the Michael Kelly Award for her story, published in The New Yorker, on the mistreatment of foreign contract workers at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media Company, announced the news today. Read the story here.

The judges also recognized four journalists from other organizations as finalists: Rukmini Callimachi of the AP, Kathy Dobie of Harper’s, and A.M. Sheehan and Matt Hongoltz-Hetling of the Advertiser Democrat (Norway, Maine). The winners and finalists were honored at a dinner last night in Washington at Atlantic Media Company headquarters.

The $25,000 award is given annually to a journalist whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly‘s career: “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” Kelly, who was the editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal, was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

In “The Invisible Army,” Stillman tells the story of 10 Fijian beauticians who were recruited for lucrative jobs in a posh Dubai salon, only to end up in Iraq giving manicures and massages to U.S. soldiers.

“Through their mistreatment, Stillman exposes the larger scandal of thousands of foreign workers on U.S. military bases reduced to something like indentured servitude,” said the Kelly Award judges in a statement. “Working as a freelance reporter without a contract, Stillman spent more than a year reporting the story, traveling to four countries, six military bases, and two war zones.”

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Atlantic Seeks Michael Kelly Award Applicants

Atlantic Media Company is soliciting entries for this year’s Michael Kelly Award.  Deadline: February 1. Kelly died in 2003 while covering the war in Iraq.

There’s money to be made. A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the winning entry. Each entry selected as a finalist will receive $3,000.

More information and entry forms can be found here.

More on the award after the jump…
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Tom Kelly ‘Mayor of Capitol Hill’ Dies

DCRTV is reporting that Tom Kelly, a longtime D.C. journalist, died Thursday morning of a heart attack. He was 86. He was often called, “The Mayor of Capitol Hill.” He was the father of well-known journalist Michael Kelly, a WaPo columnist who was killed in Iraq in 2003.

Publications Tom Kelly wrote for:
Washington Daily News
WaPo
Canada Today
People
The Nation
Nation’s Business
Washingtonian

Find the memorial service details after the jump…

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And the Envelope Please…Finalists for Michael Kelly Award

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Atlantic Media has announced four finalists for the 2010 Michael Kelly Award.

The $25,000 award will be given at a ceremony at the company’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on April 18. The award was created in honor of Michael Kelly, who was editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and NJ and was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

Chosen from a field of 50 entries, finalists are:

1. Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian, LAT
Based on five months of tenacious reporting, Bensinger and Vartabedian chronicled the problem of unintended acceleration in Toyotas. As LAT Editor Russell Stanton wrote in his nomination letter, Bensinger and Vartabedian “challenged assumptions, developed their own evidence and built a compelling case of corporate malfeasance and regulatory indulgence.”

2. Sheri Fink, ProPublica
Who should be saved first when disaster strikes? That’s the question that doctors and nurses at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans faced in the harrowing days after Hurricane Katrina when scores of patients were trapped in a building without electricity or running water. In “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” ProPublica writer and medical doctor Sheri Fink reconstructed the decisions that resulted in some patients being injected with lethal doses of morphine as others were boarded onto rescue helicopters.

3. Jeffrey Gettleman, NYT
As the East Africa correspondent for NYT, Gettleman has tracked the spread of Islamic radicalism, interviewed pirate bosses in Somalia (one of whom laughed that their lunch together was like “the cat eating with the mice”) and described how mass rape of women and men has become a weapon of war in eastern Congo. He’s been shot at by insurgents and dealt with the constant risk that his reporting will put him in harm’s way.

4. David Rohde, NYT
Rohde described how he and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped by the Taliban outside Kabul and held for seven months before he and one of his colleagues escaped on foot to a Pakistani military base. Rohde was initially reluctant to write about his experience, telling his editors, “I donÂ’t want to make myself look like a hero. I am not a hero.”

Five judges comprised the selection panel:

Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

Siobhan Gorman, WSJ

Charlie Green, NJ

Kathy Kiely, USA Today

Cullen Murphy, VF

More information, including full entries and past winners, visit here.

Seattle Times Reporters Win Atlantic Award

Seattle Times reporters Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry are this year’s recipients of the Michael Kelly Award for their series exposing the criminal histories of members of a Rose Bowl-winning University of Washington football team.

The award was presented by Atlantic Media Company chairman David Bradley at a dinner last night at Atlantic’s headquarters.

In a statement, the award judges said Armstrong and Perry displayed “the commitment to truth that will alienate readers, risk advertising accounts, and jeopardize a newspaper’s standing during already precarious times.”

From the release: the $25,000 award is given annually to a journalist whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Kelly’s own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth. Kelly, who was the editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal, was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

Finalists included NYT‘s Barry Bearak and Celia Dugger, Fast Company’s Richard Behar and Vanity Fair‘s Peter Godwin. And judges included NJ’s Carl Cannon and Charles Green, Army Times’ Kelly Kennedy (also a Michael Kelly Award finalist last year), VF’s Cullen Murphy and freelance writer Loretta Tofani, (last year’s winner of the Michael Kelly Award).

Novak Office Update

David Freddoso, a reporter for Bob Novak and the Evans-Novak newsletter, is heading to National Review Online, where he will become a Capitol Hill reporter.

Novak has hired Charlie Spiering, a staff writer with the Rappahanock News, to help with his column. Novak has also partnered with Tim Carney to help write the newsletter. Carney previously worked with Novak before taking an editing position with Regnery books. Carney will cover all things political for the Evans Novak Political Report and continue to edit Regnery books.

Speaking of Novak, the Prince of Darkness told a Dezenhall Resources crowd yesterday that his favorite young journalists are Stephen F. Hayes, Christopher Caldwell (his son in law) and Susan Schmidt. He also said that Michael Kelly was one of the best journos there ever was. Also: He said that, when CNN launched, at the White House they called it the Chicken Noodle Network.