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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.