15 The Madeline Dane Ross Award 2020

Best international reporting in the print medium or digital showing a concern for the human condition

AWARD DATE: 2020

AWARD NAME: The Madeline Dane Ross Award 2020

AWARD RECIPIENT: Danielle Paquette

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The Washington Post

AWARD HONORED WORK: “Life in West Africa”

AWARD SPONSOR: Linda Fasulo

The series “Life in West Africa” is remarkable in its breadth of time and place, showing how powerful forces from colonialism to social media shape lives throughout West Africa. Each story is exquisitely told through the ordinary people confronting those forces: rubber plantation workers in Liberia, a teenage dancer from Mali. The standout tale of a Black American who moves to Ghana to flee racism is a reminder that overseas reporting can serve as both window and mirror.

Links to the winning work:

Firestone tires built Liberia’s economy. Now, painful layoffs are sowing fear for the future.

He yearns to escape war. His best shot: Dancing to stardom.

Ghana to black Americans: Come home. We’ll help you build a life here.

A family’s 76-year quest for truth — and justice

Citation:
Ryan Lenora Brown
The Christian Science Monitor
“Congo Ebola crisis: To fight disease, an anthropologist heals distrust”