Sun wins award for reporting on victims of violence

April 06, 2001|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

The Sun has received the Dart Award for Excellence in Reporting on Victims of Violence for its two-part series in July on Joseph C. Palczynski's trail of abuse and violence.

Written by Linell Smith and reported by Smith, Patricia Meisol, Ann LoLordo and Marego Athans, the articles chronicled the abuse and its effects on six women who crossed Palczynski's path before he took three people hostage and was killed by police in March 2000.

"The [writer] made domestic violence - in some ways an invisible trauma - visible to readers," one judge said. "The story read like a novel, creating empathy for the survivors and shedding light on a broad societal problem."

The $10,000 award, which recognizes outstanding newspaper coverage of victims and their experiences, was presented Wednesday by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma during the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington, D.C.

The Dart Center is located at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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