19 The Robert Spiers Benjamin Award 2014

Clockwise from upper left: Tracy Wilkinson, Cindy Carcamo, Kate Linthicum, Don Bartletti and Molly Hennessy-Fiske.

Clockwise from upper left: Tracy Wilkinson, Cindy Carcamo, Kate Linthicum, Don Bartletti and Molly Hennessy-Fiske.

AWARD YEAR: 2014

AWARD NAME: The Robert Spiers Benjamin Award

AWARD RECIPIENT: Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Tracy Wilkinson, Kate Linthicum, Don Bartletti And Cindy Carcamo

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The Los Angeles Times

AWARD HONORED WORK: A Wave of Migrants

The Los Angeles Times’s intrepid team of reporters and photographers gave a rich and complex picture of the surge of unaccompanied minors traveling from Mexico into south Texas, tracing their journey from Guatemala and Honduras up to the border and showing efforts in the U.S. and Mexico to stop the flow. Reporting from four countries, the Times team provided exceptional context, analysis and details of this immigration crisis. The commitment to the story showed in the quality of the reporting. The first story by Molly Hennessy-Fiske set out the coverage at overwhelmed immigration facilities at the beginning of the crisis.

Don Bartletti’s riveting photographs documented one boy’s journey across the border. Kate Linthicum, Cindy Caracamo and Tracy Wilkinson’s strong writing and reporting rounded out the coverage.