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2012 Farfel Prize winners announced; award to be presented April 26

Mar 16, 2012

2012 Farfel Prize winners announced; award to be presented April 26

ATHENS, Ohio (March 16, 2012) – The Scripps Howard Foundation on Friday announced the winners of its annual Scripps Howard Awards, honoring the best work in the communications industry and journalism education in 2011. Danny Hakim and Russell Buettner will receive the $15,000 Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize, given in cooperation with Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and the Farfel Endowment, for their New York Times series “Abused and Used.”

Their year-long investigation of more than 2,000 state-run homes for the developmentally disabled has led to much-needed reforms and added oversight.

These winners and others will be honored April 26 at a dinner hosted by the Scripps Howard Foundation and its corporate founder, The E.W. Scripps Company, at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

Finalists for the Farfel Prize included Anthony Cormier and Matthew Doig, Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, for “Unfit for Duty;” and Jeff Donn, The Associated Press, for “Aging Nukes.”

Established in 1953, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards competition is open to news organizations based in the U.S. and recognizes outstanding print, broadcast and online journalism in 15 categories. Two additional categories honor college journalism and mass communication educators for excellence in administration and teaching.

This year's winners and finalists are representative of the way the communications industry is evolving.

"From media partnerships to individual blogs, these journalists work across multiple platforms from around the block and the world," said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. "We are proud to honor them in the hometown of one of our company’s fine media outlets, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7.”

An awards program book and video featuring the winners and their work will be available online at after the April 26 presentations. The 2011 award-winning entries may be reviewed at

Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture and inclusive civic affairs.