The Joe and Laurie Dine Award 2018

Jeffrey E. Stern

Best international reporting in any medium dealing with human rights


AWARD NAME: The Joe and Laurie Dine Award


AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

AWARD HONORED WORK: “From Arizona to Yemen: The Journey of an American Bomb”


In-depth reporting across continents traced the creation of a precision missile made by Raytheon in Tucson, Arizona, which was bought by the Saudi government and ultimately dropped on some innocent villagers in Yemen who had been outside celebrating a plan to dig a new well near their homes. Jeffrey Stern traced the missile from beginning to end: interviewing Raytheon workers, Human Rights Watch staff, explaining just how the Department of Defense helps U.S. corporations export deadly weapons and describing the business-as-usual tone of Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy on an earnings call with financial analysts. Stern returns to the Yemeni village where lives, bones and dreams were shattered. The forensic, thorough, diligent reporting of Stern brought home the human toll of all those actions and gave voice to people who are little-heard. With a calm sense of moral outrage, Stern shows us how the U.S. government and businesses have blood on their hands.

Citation for Excellence Recipients: Associated Press Staff
Affiliation: The Associated Press
Honored Work: “China Clamps Down”

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