June 15, 2005
Dallas Morning News Reporter Wins National Journalism Award
Dallas, TX - Dallas Morning News reporter Reese Dunklin received a major industry award today for the series he helped author, "Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plain Sight." He won the national reporting category of the 2004 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
"Reese is an accomplished reporter whose thought-provoking, direct style has made his stories a must-read. His ongoing investigation of the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal is a prime example of his ability to tackle even the most difficult issues. We are very proud of him," said Robert Mong, Editor of The Dallas Morning News.
Established in 1980, the Livingston Awards are the largest all-media, general reporting prizes in American journalism and honor professional journalists under the age of 35. Sponsored by the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation, ten thousand dollar prizes for local, national and international reporting are conferred in person by the judging panel at a New York luncheon each year. This year's Livingston judges included NBC News' Tom Brokaw, Christianne Amanpour of CNN and CBS, Jill Abramson of The New York Times, Clarence Page of Chicago Tribune, and Osborn Elliott of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Dunklin, 30, joined The Dallas Morning News in 1999 as a reporter covering some of the area's fastest growing suburbs. He was chosen for this award from among 64 finalists, which included two other journalists from The Dallas Morning News, Joshua Benton and Katherine Yung. The local reporting prize went to Pauline Arrillaga of The Associated Press, and the international reporting prize was awarded to Sharmeen Obaid of the Discovery Times Channel. Additionally, the Clurman Award for Mentoring was given to John Seigenthaler, founding editorial director of USA Today and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
"Reese's talent and dedication are characteristic of the journalists we see throughout the newsroom at The Dallas Morning News," added Mong.
The professionals at The Dallas Morning News have been consistently recognized by numerous journalism organizations. Other recent honors include the Wilbur Award for coverage of religious issues in secular media, the Associated Press Sports Editors Triple Crown Award for daily sections, and two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards for web reporting and for distinguished service to the First Amendment.
About The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas Morning News is a subsidiary of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, affluent populations and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and al d a in Dallas/Fort Worth, and the d, El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com.