2010

Wayne Barrett for some 40 years of investigative journalism holding New York politicians to public account.

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker for being among the first journalists to delineate the pervasive and obscure public influence of the Koch brothers’ enormous wealth.

Village Voice Media for deploying reporters from across its 14-paper alternative weekly chain to tell vivid tales of the travails and contributions of Latinos Amongst U.S. their work counters nativist fear-mongering and opens space for a coherent immigration policy.

Jan Goodwin of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and The Ladies’ Home Journal for telling the harrowing story of a Sierra Leonean woman’s flight from female genital mutilation to the US, where she found fresh injustice instead of asylum.

Gary Varvel, cartoonist of the Indianapolis Star, has been named 2010 winner of the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning With a Conscience.
Varvel’s ambitious project, “The Path to Hope,” impressed the judges for its sensitive registration of the everyday burdens that weigh down the poor. Varvel’s artistic technique, combining photoshopped still images for backgrounds and pen and ink for characters, also won plaudits. Small touches lent realism and depth to cartooned faces.

Varvel registers the everyday hardships faced by the poor — illiteracy, transportation, lack of access to healthy food, domestic and neighborhood violence –with a level of empathetic detail rare even in print news accounts. Homing in on the inefficiently laid out Indianapolis bus system, Varvel writes, “Working the third shift can mean up to an hour-long commute late at night and back home early in the morning, hoping to arrive in time to get the children off to school.”