Investigative Reporters and Editors presented a 2010 IRE Medal, the top prize in its annual journalism competition, to a reporting collaboration between BBC International News Services and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity.
"Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade," which exposed the international network that has kept asbestos on the market despite its known health risks, took the medal as the inaugural IRE winner for partnership/collaboration, new category in the annual competition. ICIJ also earned IRE honors for "Looting the Seas," an examination of the black market bluefin tuna trade.
ProPublica won for online reporting and innovations in watchdog journalism, and NPR News won for radio reporting with its two-part series, "Prison Profiting: Behind Arizona's Immigration Law," by correspondent Laura Sullivan. [PDF of 2010 IRE Award winners]
"This year's winners exemplify the profound difference journalism can make locally, nationally, and internationally," said Mark Horvit, IRE executive director.