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Atlantic Releases Kelly Award Finalists

The just in from The Atlantic

They’ve released the finalists for the annual Michael Kelly Award. The $25,000 award will be given at a ceremony on April 14.

Chosen from a field of more than 60 entries, the finalists for the 2013 award are:

  • Alberto Arce, the Associated Press. Arce is the only foreign correspondent in Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the world. Through a series of reports, he ventured into various corners of Honduran society to capture the corrosive daily violence, lack of justice, and political instability there.
  • David Barboza, The New York Times. Barboza spent more than a year piecing together the finances of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and discovered he had amassed a secret wealth of $2.7 billion. His articles caused a sensation in China and laid bare the weakness of the country’s entire political system.
  • Brian Mockenhaupt, Byliner.com. Mockenhaupt, a former infantryman, wrote about a Marine platoon in Afghanistan that suffered heavy casualties and the toll it took on those who survived. The reporting for his piece stretched over 18 months, taking him from foot patrols in Northern Marjah to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where Marines struggled to reintegrate into the world they had left behind.
  • Michael Phillips, The Wall Street Journal. Phillips wrote a series of stories from Afghanistan and the United States on the experiences of U.S. troops in combat and upon their return home. In one article, he described the bombing of a convoy in which he was riding. Phillips helped drag a wounded sergeant out of the street while under gunfire from insurgents.

Five judges comprised this year’s Michael Kelly Award selection panel: James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic; Charles Green, editor, National Journal; Cullen Murphy, editor at large, Vanity Fair; Sarah Stillman, staff writer, The New Yorker and 2012 winner of the Michael Kelly Award; and Scott Stossel, editor, The Atlantic magazine.

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