Harry Chapin Media Awards

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The Harry Chapin Media Awards were created by World Hunger Year in 1982 to encourage the media to report on hunger and poverty. Awards are given for broadcast (TV/Film), radio, periodicals, books, newspaper and photojournalism categories. A separate judges award is also given some years. All categories are not awarded each years. In some years first and second place awards are made in some categories. Notable recipients include PBS's Frontline show, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

List of Recipients

A full list of recipients for the years 1995 and later are available at World Hunger Year web site.


  • Newspapers: "Forced Out," Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen (The Washington Post).
  • Television: Safe Haven, Alex Shey, Karen Foshay and Judy Muller (KCET).
  • Radio: "A New Life on a Foreclosed Home," Anita Shontel Woodley, Dick Gordon and Greg Kelly (North Carolina Public Radio).
  • Periodicals: "Hunger Hits Home," Aliya Sternstein (CQ Weekly).
  • Books: The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous: Fighting to Save a Way of Life in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ken Wells (Yale University Press).
  • Photojournalism: "Stranded in the Middle Ground," Greg Constantine (The Himal Southasian).
  • Judges' Awards: Newspaper - "The Spoils," Lydia Polgreen (The New York Times); and Broadcast - Wild Hostile North: The Forgotten Country, Peter Moss (Kenya Television Network).



  • Television Award - "Anatomy of a Tragedy and Somalia Diary", Jim Lehrer (PBS Newshour)[2]

List of Nominees



  • Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Justice by Paul Butler (The New Press)
  • A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (Pantheon)
  • Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman (PublicAffairs).


  • SoCal Connected: Is Anybody Listening? by Karen Forshay, John Larson, Bret Marcos, Justine Schmidt, Val Zavala and Marcus Villatoro (KCET-TV)
  • Cash for Poor: Mexico’s Anti-Poverty Program by Merrill Schwerin, Catherine Wise and Ray Suarez (The PBS NewsHour)
  • The Children Beyond Chernobyl by Jim Fahy and Ken Fogerty (RTE)
  • Trouble the Water by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (HBO)


  • Saving Nepal’s Indentured Girls by Meredith May (San Francisco Chronicle and Pulitzer Center on Crisis)
  • Chronic Homelessness Series by Kim Horner (The Dallas Morning News)
  • This Land by Dan Barry (The New York Times)
  • The Lowest Rung by Nicholas Kristof (The New York Times)
  • Running in the Shadows by Ian Urbina (The New York Times)
  • Deadly Detention by Nina Bernstein (The New York Times)
  • No Place To Call Home Series by Raymond Castile (Suburban Journals/Lee Enterprises)[4]


  • There Goes the Neighborhood by Alyssa Katz (The American Prospect)
  • Hungry In Zimbabwe by Jon Lee Anderson (Dispatches)
  • Opportunity Knocks by Paul Reyes (Virginia Quarterly Review)

New Media

  • Childhood Poverty in Colorado by Tim Rasmussen (The Denver Post)
  • India Struggles with Hunger by Ruth Fremson and Nancy Donaldson (The New York Times)
  • The Forgotten Navajo: People in Need by Katy Bolger, Elizabeth Wagner, Elisa Lagos, Rachel Wise and Darren Tobia (Pavement Pieces).


External links

World Hunger Year - Harry Chapin Media Awards media section