Military affairs reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

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Biography

For 16 years, Carl Prine was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a major daily in Western Pennsylvania. He specialized in complex probes involving national security, crime and sports.

Now he's the Military Affairs Reporter for the San Diego Union Tribune.

What was your first job as a journalist?

I was a freelancer, stringing for Christian Science Monitor and other publications during the brutal war in Sierra Leone.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Clark Kent.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award

2012 - PRINT/ONLINE - MEDIUM
Judges’ comments: A stunning example of good, old-fashioned, shoe-leather reporting. Reporter Carl Prine got a tip he relentlessly pursued in the face of enormous obstacles and personal peril. Prine, himself a military veteran, spent two years traveling across America and deep into Iraq to prove the story of how a U.S. Army staff sergeant fatally shot two innocent deaf mute Iraqi children and ordered the slaying of their handicapped cousin. The stories also charted an ongoing Army cover-up of the killings, false battlefield decorations and the accused gunman’s promotion. When the subject of the series made threats against the reporter and his wife, Prine wrote about that too. A courageous story and a wonderfully spun tale.

Military Reporters & Editors

2012 - Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military
Based on nine months of investigation, the series revealed shoddy facilities; bureaucratic red tape in providing mental health and medical care; officials evading responsibility for problems with delivering care; and expenditures of money on useless clothing and high-end office space.