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Overseas Press Club Gives Awards

April 24, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Overseas Press Club has awarded journalism prizes for reporting on violence in Africa and the Asian economic crisis, and honored CBS’ venerable ``60 Minutes″ with a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The club, in an unusual move, gave two awards to a single entry _ ``Requiem, By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina,″ a book conceived as a memorial to 135 photographers killed covering wars in Indochina from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The book’s creators and co-editors, Horst Faas, a senior editor for The Associated Press in London, and Tim Page, a British freelancer, won the Robert Capa Gold Medal and the Olivier Rebbot Award.

John Moore, of The Associated Press, won the John Faber Award for best photographic reporting from abroad, for his ``strikingly new and different″ pictures of Zaire refugees.

Mark Bowden, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, won the Hal Boyle Award, given for best reporting from abroad, for ``Blackhawk Down,″ a 29-part narrative about the U.S. military failure in Somalia.

Two New York Times reporters, Howard W. French and James C. McKinley Jr., won the Bob Considine Award for best interpretation of foreign affairs for their coverage of civilian massacres in Zaire.

``Requiem,″ published by Random House, was unique because it included work by photographers on the communist side. Both Faas and Page were wounded covering Vietnam.

It was Faas’ second Capa Award; he also holds two Pulitzer Prizes. The Capa prize, for ``exceptional courage and enterprise,″ is named for the photographer who was killed in Indochina in 1954 and whose last frames appear in ``Requiem.″

They won the Rebbot prize for best foreign photographic reporting for magazines or books.

The Los Angeles Times won two prizes _ the Robert Spiers Benjamin Award went to Mary Beth Sheridan for stories from Mexico as the best reporting from Latin America; the Madeline Dane Ross Award went to two entries by Vanora Bennett and Carol J. Williams on post-Soviet Russia.

Other prizes awarded Thurdsay include:

_ Lowell Thomas Award, to ABC News radio, and the David Kaplan Award, for best spot television coverage, to ``NBC Nightly News,″ both for Zaire.

_ Edward R. Murrow Award, to Frontline/WGBH Boston and BBC Panorama, for best interpretation or documentary, for Rwanda.

_ Malcolm Forbes Award, for best business reporting by newspaper or wire service, to The Wall Street Journal, and the Carl Spielvogel Award for best foreign business reporting for broadcast, to National Public Radio, both for coverage of the Asian economic crisis.

_ Ed Cunningham Memorial, for best magazine reporting from abroad, to a Newsweek team for ``Hong Kong’s handover to China.″

_ Morton Frank Award, to Business Week’s Asia Team for ``Asia in Crisis,″ best magazine reporting from abroad.

_ Thomas Nast Award for best cartoons on foreign affairs, to Robert Ariail of The State, of Columbia, S.C.

_ Cornelius Ryan Award for best nonfiction book on foreign affairs, to Patrick Smith for ``Japan: A Reinterpretation,″ Pantheon Books.

_ Whitman Bassow Award, best foreign environmental reporting, to The Sun of Baltimore for a team report on toxic dangers in ship scrap yards.

_ Eric and Amy Burger Award for best foreign reporting on human rights, to ABC’s ``PrimeTime Live,″ for ``Blood Money,″ a report on trafficking in Chinese body parts, and CBS’ ``Public Eye,″ for ``In Plain Sight,″ on Bosnia.

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