AWARD YEAR: 2014
AWARD NAME: Best Investigative Reporting
AWARD RECIPIENT: C.J. Chivers
AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The New York Times
AWARD HONORED WORK: Secret Casualties
Deep reporting, meticulous research, strong writing and the overall craft of assembling data, graphics and photos made The New York Times’s investigative series “Secret Casualties” the hands-down winner for investigative reporting this year. The series established a pattern of secrecy by the U.S. military for hiding from its own soldiers dangerous contamination from chemical munitions.
The series peeled away layer after layer of outrage and injustice – from learning that the U.S. actually cooperated closely with Iraqis in producing the weapons to stating flatly that the government was hiding from its own soldiers the illegal weapons that were at the very heart of the reason the nation went to war.