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(Boston) — WBUR Group and Boston University today announced that NPR foreign correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro was selected as the 2006 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize winner for a two-part series entitled “Migrants’ Job Search Empties Mexican Community” which aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition” in May 2006.
The Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, sponsored by Boston University and NPR-member station WBUR-FM, highlights a new generation of public radio journalists and seeks to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium. Over 20 journalists under 35 years old from around the world competed for the $5,000 prize.
Garcia-Navarro was honored at WBUR’s Fifth Annual Public Radio Gala on November 14 at the State Room in Boston. Her report focused on the increasingly negative impact of migration on the provincial Mexican capitol of Malinalco, a city just recently experiencing the phenomenon of its residents heading to the U.S. for employment.
“Ms. Garcia-Navarro’s series on the impact of Mexican workers leaving behind their towns and families for jobs in the U.S. displays the essence of sound radio reporting: Finding the untold story and packaging it in a compelling and poignant manner,” said finalist judge Bill Lord, co-director of The Online Journalism Program & professor of Journalism at Boston University. “Through her interviews, Ms. Garcia-Navarro connects the listener directly to the plight of these mothers and children as they endure challenges, frustrations and sacrifices because their ‘breadwinner’ is earning his dollars ‘north of the border.’”
In addition to Lord, the panel of distinguished journalists who served as Schorr prize judges included:
• Bill Buzenberg, senior vice president of News, Minnesota Public Radio
• Peggy Girshman, assistant managing editor, NPR News
• Jackie Judd, vice president and senior advisor for Communications, Kaiser Family Foundation
• Raul Ramirez, News and Public Affairs director & executive producer, KQED in San Francisco
• J.J. Yore, vice president of Programming & executive producer, American Public Radio’s “Marketplace”
Garcia-Navarro began her journalism career as a freelancer with the BBC World Service and Voice of America, reporting from Cuba, Syria, Panama and Europe. She later became a producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) before transitioning to AP Radio. While there, Garcia-Navarro covered post-Sept. 11 events in Afghanistan and developments in Jerusalem. Until August 2004, she was based in Iraq.
The two most recent recipients of the Schorr prize are Adam Davidson and NPR reporter Ari Shapiro. Davidson worked at “Marketplace” when he won the 2004 award for his work “Spoils of War,” which explored the considerable rise and dollar-value cost of corruption in Iraq since the start of the war. Shapiro was honored in 2005 for his submission “The Impact of Methamphetamine Use on the Gay Community.”
Schorr, currently a senior analyst for NPR, has had a distinguished, award-winning career in broadcast journalism, working with such pioneers as Edward R. Murrow at CBS and CNN’s Ted Turner. Schorr’s integrity and professionalism provided the vision for the journalism award bearing his name.