07 THE LOWELL THOMAS AWARD

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Clockwise from left: Sebastian Rotella, Brian Reed, Habiba Nosheen and  Ana Aran

Clockwise from left: Sebastian Rotella, Brian Reed, Habiba Nosheen and Ana Arana

Award Date: 
2012
Award Name: 
07 The Lowell Thomas Award
Award Recipient: 
Brian Reed, Habiba Nosheen, Sebastian Rotella, Ana Arana
Award Recipient Affiliation: 
WBEZ’s This American Life, ProPublica and Fundacion MEPI
Award Honored Work: 
What Happened at Dos Erres

The judges were riveted as they listened to this compelling and beautifully narrated story of recent events and the violent massacre of more than 200 people in the village of Dos Erres in Guatamala more than two decades ago. In 2012 the discovery of a father, still alive, and his son Oscar Ramirez, an undocumented worker in the U.S., each of whom assumed the other dead in the tragedy, prompted reporter Nosheen and producer Reed to devote five months to researching the story, finding victims and perpetrators. As a result, Ramirez was granted political asylum in the U.S. and several implicated soldiers have been apprehended for trial.

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