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Croly Award Winners


Winner: Jessica Ravitz, a writer/producer on the enterprise team at CNN Digital, for her in-depth, moving, and complicated story "Saving Aesha" , which offers a glimpse into the life of Aesha Mohammadzai, a young Afghan woman whose nose and ears were hacked off by the Taliban, and her struggle and the struggle of the many people around her, to achieve the fairy-tale ending that has thus far proven elusive.


Winners: Selena Rezvani, author and Washington Post columnist, for her series of columns in the "On Leadership" section of the Post, including "A Glass Ceiling, By Any Other Name." The article asks if such monikers help or hinder women's progress among the workforce and presents a clear focus on current problems whie offering potential solutions. Read the full article here.

Abigail Pesta, editorial director of Newsweek/The Daily Beast for her article in The Beast, "How A Blogger Blocked Sex Slavery." It tells the story of how a 24 year-old New York City woman took in two stranded Russian college students, saving them from possible human trafficking - simply because she read about their plight online. Read the full article here.


Winner: Abigail Pesta, editor-at-large of Marie Claire for her article, "An American Honor Killing." The article sheds light on the shocking practice of honor killings in our country by examining the tragic murder of a young woman at the hand of her father. Read the full article here.


Winner: Erin Grace, reporter for the World-Herald in Omaha, Neb. for her article, "Why So Few Women?" which explores why women in Omaha are so outnumbered by men in high-ranking corporate positions.


Winner: Marielena Zuniga, staff writer for Soroptimist International of the Americas’ Best for Women magazine, for her three articles: “Is There A Doctor in the House?” about the number of obstetricians leaving their practices and the role of rising malpractice insurance costs on this scarcity; “The Breastfeeding Battle,” about mothers’ ongoing struggle with breastfeeding and the professional work environment; and “Gender in the Media,” about persistent sexual stereotypes in women’s representations in the media.


Winner: Laura Ungar, health reporter for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., for a series based in India and focused on efforts by researchers at the University of Louisville to develop cervical cancer vaccine options for the world's poorest populations.


Winner: Marianne Pearl, for her "Global Diary" series in Glamour magazine, where she seeks to meet women who, by challenging their own fate, are shaping our world and helping to write the history of our generation.


Winner: Lou Kilzer, reporter at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colo., for his series, "Battered Justice," (written in part by Sarah Huntley), which discloses the serious flaws and questions about the methods used by the criminal justice system in Colorado and elsewhere to fight domestic violence over the past 20 years.


Winner: Sharon Lerner, freelance writer, who has covered issues of concern to women for the past 10 years, for articles that appeared in The Village Voice and The Nation magazine.


Winner: Mariko Thompson, reporter, Los  Angeles Daily News, for articles that explore current scientific research on two major illnesses affecting women, heart disease and breast cancer.


Winner: Susan Swartz, reporter for The Press Democrat, for articles that explore the gaps in perception between the roles of men and women in a society often dominated by the male viewpoint.


Winner: Rahel Musleah, freelance writer, for three articles about the achievements of extraordinary women.


Winner: Rachel Zimmerman, a reporter in the New York bureau of The Wall Street Journal, for articles dealing with the politics of the abortion pill RU-486.


Winner: David Crary, Associated Press national writer covering family and relationship issues, for articles dealing with divorce among lesbians who are jointly raising a child; the diverse epidemic in four Bible belt states; and a unique prison that allows children up to 6 years old to live with their mothers who are completing jail terms.


Winner: Marina Pisano, feature writer, San Antonia Express-News, for articles dealing with the invisibility of women in traditional American history; the plight of a woman who, at 34, learned that she has terminal colon cancer; and the controversy surrounding Navy pilot Kara Hultgreen's tragic crash.


Winner: Paula Bock, Seattle Times, for three articles about strong women who make hard decisions and find meaning in life.


Winner: Ilana DeBare, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif., for her three-part series about the gender gap in the computer industry.


Winner: Sara Hammel, Middlesex News, Framingham, Mass., for her three-part series on an army-sponsored women's strength study to determine if women can perform demanding physical strength tasks usually assigned to men in the military.

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