Joan Garrett received the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism Award. She won the honor for her story "Woman turns from brutal past to reclaim life she threw away." Read it here.
The Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism honor distinguished coverage of disadvantaged children, youth and families. More than 4,500 journalists have competed for the Casey Medals since 1994.
The awards were created to inspire and recognize exemplary reporting on children and families. Winning stories offer a fresh take on a significant issue, show enterprise in research and reporting and demonstrate masterful storytelling and impact. Judging is conducted by respected journalists and journalism educators.
First-place winners receive $1,000 and are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October. Runners-up and honorable mentions receive a certificate of merit. Categories include newspaper, video, magazine, audio, multimedia and photojournalism. The awards are funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Winners are announced in July. (Source: http://www.journalismcenter.org/awards/2011-casey-medals)