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Los Angeles Times
"Coverage of War on Two Fronts"
At a time when many news organizations are under pressure to cut back on their international presence, the judges were impressed by the depth of commitment made by the Los Angeles Times to cover two of the world's most difficult and dangerous stories. The Times maintained three fulltime correspondents in Baghdad, backed by more than 20 Iraqi staffers.

The correspondents were ahead of the competition in describing the disintegration of Sunni-Shiite neighborhoods and the role of Shiite police in death squads. In Afghanistan, Paul Watson displayed remarkable enterprise by describing how secret information was leaking out of a U.S. military base and by traveling nearly 1,400 miles around the country.

C.J. CHIVERS, The New York Times
ANTHONY SHADID, The Washington Post"With the Marines" "The Contest for Lebanon"

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