4 journalists win Livingston reporting awards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Livingston Awards honoring outstanding work by journalists under age 35 were given to four reporters this week for their work covering Syria’s civil war, mishandled sexual assault complaints and lax training for armed security guards.

The $10,000 awards are the largest all-media general reporting prizes in the U.S. They are funded by the University of Michigan and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Kiera Feldman, 29, of The New Republic and The Investigative Fund, won the local reporting award for an investigation of Patrick Henry College’s mishandling of sexual assault complaints.

The national reporting award was given to Shoshana Walter, 29, and Ryan Gabrielson, 34, of The Center for Investigative Reporting, for an investigation of the haphazard system of lax regulation, weak screening standards and little to no training for armed security guards.

The international reporting award went to Matthieu Aikins, 30, of Matter/Medium for a story about first responders in Syria’s civil war.

Veteran journalist Tom Brokaw also was honored, receiving the Richard M. Clurman Award for his dedication to mentoring young journalists. Brokaw was anchor and managing editor of the “NBC Nightly News” from 1983 to 2004, and is now a special correspondent for NBC News.

The Livingston judges were Christiane Amanpour of CNN International; Ken Auletta of The New Yorker; Ellen Goodman of The Conversation Project; syndicated columnist Clarence Page; Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times; Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News”; John Harris, editor-in-chief of Politico; author Anna Quindlen; and Kara Swisher, CEO of Revere and co-executive editor of Re-Code.

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