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LA Times Wins Three Society of Professional Journalists Awards

March 29, 1993

GREENCASTLE, Ind. (AP) _ The Los Angeles Times won three Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including the deadline reporting award for its story on the beating and rescue of motorist Reginald Denny during the Los Angeles riots.

The journalism organization, based at DePauw University, also recognized the Times for a four-part series on AIDS and drug users, and for a report on the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

The awards in 26 categories were for work produced last year and were announced today.

The SDX Awards carry the original name of the society, Sigma Delta Chi. The group which was founded in 1909 and represents 16,000 members. The awards recognize excellence in reporting, photography, editorial writing and cartoons, research in journalism and public service.

The society will recognize the winners during the SPJ annual convention on Oct. 15 in Miami.

The full list of winners announced today: NEWSPAPER Deadline Reporting

The Los Angeles Times for coverage of the behind-the-scenes story of the beating and rescue of trucker Reginald Denny during last spring’s riots. Non-Deadline Reporting

Deborah Scroggins and Jean Shifrin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for their series about women in the Middle East. Investigative Reporting

Dave Davis and Ted Wendling of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland for their series ″Lethal Doses - Radiation that Kills.″ Feature Writing

Barry Bearak of the Los Angeles Times for his four-part series ″In the Shooting Gallery: Addicts and AIDS.″ Editorial Writing

Sara Engram of The Baltimore Sun for her series on Maryland’s abortion laws. Washington Correspondence

Frank Aukofer of The Milwaukee Journal for his coverage of government perquisites. Foreign Correspondence

Scott Kraft of The Los Angeles Times for his investigation of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Photography

Ron Tarver of The Philadelphia Inquirer for his piece titled, ″On the Street Where Heroin Lived.″ Editorial Cartoons

Robert L. Ariail of The State in Columbia, S.C. Public Service in Newspaper Journalism (circulation of more than 100,000)

The Miami Herald for its coverage of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Andrew. Public Service in Newspaper Journalism (circulation of fewer than 100,000)

The Tribune in Albuquerque, N.M., for its series on the state’s legal system and drunken drivers. MAGAZINES Magazine Reporting

Eileen McNamara of The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine for her series on the death of Robin Peeler at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution. Public Service in Magazine Journalism

Fortune magazine for its special report entitled, ″Children in Crisis: The Struggle to Save America’s Kids.″ RADIO Spot News Reporting

KTRH of Houston for its coverage of the underground liquefied gas explosion near Brenham, Texas. Editorials

Nicholas DeLuca of KCBS Radio in San Francisco for its editorials on the verdict in the Rodney King beating. Investigative Reporting

Bruce Gellerman of WBUR-FM in Boston for his series ″Fleet Finance - Probing Predatory Lending Practices.″ Public Service in Radio Journalism

Minnesota Public Radio (KLSE-KZSE) for its story ″Fighting for Family.″ Feature Reporting

Andy Bowers of National Public Radio for his coverage of the 1992 presidential campaign. TELEVISION Spot News Reporting

Cable News Network for its coverage of the U.S. Marines arrival in Somalia. Editorials

Chuck Kraemer of WCVB-TV in Boston for his commentaries. Investigative Reporting

The investigative team at WCCO in Minneapolis for its story ″License to Steal.″ Feature Reporting

Janice Tomlin, Tom Jarriel and Victor Neufeld of ABC News’ ″20-20″ for ″The Long Journey Home.″ Public Service in Television Journalism (networks and top 40 markets)

To be announced. Public Service in Television Journalism (all other markets)

KREM-TV in Spokane, Wash., for ″Tarnished Heros.″ NEWLETTERS Public Service in Newsletter Journalism

Credit Union Information Service Newsletter, Rockville, Md., for Jonathan Stern’s series on credit union regulators who received huge bonuses unfairly. RESEARCH ABOUT JOURNALISM

Beverly G. Hawk, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, for her book, ″Africa’s Media Image.″

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