10 The Ed Cunningham Award 2022

Best magazine-style, long-form narrative feature in print or digital on an international story

AWARD NAME: The Ed Cunningham Award 2022
RECIPIENT: Lynzy Billing
HONORED WORK: “The Night Raids”

In an astounding piece of storytelling that is, simultaneously, a personal history and a revelatory work of current events reporting, Billing skillfully introduces the readers to a series of unforgettable characters and fills in the human drama that comprised one of the darkest legacies of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. Billing’s own mysteries remain unsolved, as the violence that touched her family gets subsumed, through reporting and storytelling, by the larger tragedy of modern Afghanistan.

Link to the honored work:
The Night Raids

Citation for Excellence:
Juliet Macur
The New York Times Magazine
“The Keeper”