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Posted on 06/10/2006 9:58:44 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sara Carter of the Daily Bulletin was honored Friday for her work covering immigration in the past year. At a panel luncheon ceremony near Capitol Hill, Carter was presented with the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration, presented annually by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank.
CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian praised Carter for her willingness to pursue stories in border regions few reporters have visited, and noted her reporting had attracted the attention of readers all over the country, including members of Congress.
Krikorian noted that Carter's reporting affected Washington legislation this week, as the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an amendment preventing taxpayer money from going to provide "a foreign government information relating to the activities of an organized civilian volunteer group."
Last month, Carter first reported in the Daily Bulletin that officials in the Department of Homeland Security, specifically the Border Patrol, were informing the Mexican government about the whereabouts of the Minutemen, a group of civilian border watchdogs.
Previous stories first published in the Daily Bulletin under Carter's byline include reports of Mexican military incursions into the U.S., Border Patrol agents and their families being targeted for assassination by Mexican drug cartels, and an examination of the close ties between the Bush administration and the Mexican government.
Carter joined the Daily Bulletin in 2003, and worked as a city hall and general assignment reporter before becoming the newspaper's immigration and ethnic affairs reporter in fall 2005. Her stories have won regional, state and national recognition, and she has made more than 20 national television and radio appearances in the past six months as a commentator on immigration issues.
She also was a member of the Beyond Borders special project team that published four three-part series about immigration in the Daily Bulletin in 2005.
The Katz award, presented since 1997 by the Center for Immigration Studies, is intended to promote informed and fair reporting about immigration. Previous winners of the award include Jerry Seper of the Washington Times, Lou Dobbs of CNN, and Marcus Stern of the Copley News Service.
Bulletin reporter Sara Carter wins 2006 Katz Award (Daily Bulletin , Immigration 'beat' writer) ^
Posted by NormsRevenge On News/Activism ^ 05/27/2006 10:40:30 AM PDT · 10 replies · 186+ views
Daily Bulletin ^ | 5/27/06 | Daily Bulletin Daily Bulletin reporter Sara Carter was named the winner of the 2006 Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in Coverage of Immigration the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies. This award "is intended to promote informed and fair reporting on this most contentious and complicated issue," according to the center. In announcing the award, the center cited stories, which Carter broke, about U.S. officials alerting the Mexican government to the activities of civilian border patrols and stories about drug cartels placing bounties on Texas law enforcement officers. "The body of her reporting over the past year is an important example of...
I wonder how many reporters were available for consideration. :)
The contenders were:
Mexican soldiers defy border - Homeland Security report: 216 incursions into U.S. made by Mexican military
U.S. officials claim the incursions are made to help foreign drug and human smugglers cross safely into the United States...
Ex-immigration chief alleges fraud at agency
The immigration process is flawed and is being exploited internally and externally by criminals, terrorists, and foreign intelligence agencies...''
Open gateway - OTMs: Non-Mexican migrants caught, then often released
Some illegal immigrants apprehended on the border are from Pakistan, Iraq, China and other countries considered by the Department of Homeland Security to be "of special interest" - that is, countries with known terrorist ties... When immigrants from these nations are apprehended by U.S. law enforcement officials, many times they are processed and released within three hours, James said...
Police face Mexican military, smugglers - Armed standoff along U.S. border
Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States, said Chief Deputy Mike Doyal, of the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department... Mexican Army troops had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border...
Bordering on danger - Former security official fears 'catastrophic attack' possible
Absolutely and with conviction, I will tell you that our system is being used against us,'' from U.S. Customs and Border Protection all the way through to immigration services...
Doing battle with cheap labor - Longtime workers often find themselves forced out of the market
"They are paying these guys $12 a square to roof ... and then when they mess up the job, I get called in to fix up their mess... I know a man who makes $800 a week under the table while his wife collects food stamps," he said angrily. "The major construction companies don't want to pay living wages to trained workers, so they hire illegals to do the job for cheaper..."
Report: MS-13 gang hired to murder Border Patrol
"Unidentified Mexican alien smugglers are angry about the increased security along the U.S./Mexico border and have agreed that the best way to deal with U.S. Border Patrol agents is to hire a group of contract killers... Intelligence officials last year reported that MS-13 gang members had been linked to terrorists seeking entry into the country..."
US tipping Mexico to Minuteman patrols
"TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing more than 10,000 Border Patrol agents, said agents have complained for years about the Mexican consulate's influence over the agency... "Last year an internal memo notified all agents not to give credit to Minuteman volunteers or others who call in sightings of illegal aliens," said one agent, who spoke on the condition he not be identified. "We were told to list it as a citizen call and leave it at that. Many times, we were told not to go out to Minuteman calls..."
More here: DailyBulletin.com - Beyond Borders
Center for Immigration Studies
Californian Wins Immigration Journalism Award
Coverage of Southern Border Highlights Serious Problems
Each year the Center for Immigration Studies reviews a wide range of immigration reporting for the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration. The purpose of the Katz Award is to promote informed and fair reporting on this contentious and complicated issue, and never has it been more needed.
Large media outlets have an obvious advantage in covering immigration: they have more staff and more money to devote to in-depth reporting and ongoing assignments. The recipients of the Katz Award over the past decade reflect this reality: previous winners have been from CNN, The Washington Times, The Dallas Morning News, and The Washington Post, and elsewhere. And this makes our 2006 recipient, Sara Carter of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., a welcome exception.
Traveling frequently from her base in California to Arizona and Texas and Mexico, Ms. Carter broke story after story related to the dangerous conditions all along Americas southern border. While better-known media outlets only discovered the immigration crisis when millions of illegal aliens massed in the streets this spring, rare has been the week that Ms. Carter hasnt appeared on a cable news program discussing her latest scoop. It was Ms. Carter who broke the story that our government was alerting Mexico City to the locations and membership and other details of the Minuteman Project civilian border-watch group. She also first brought word of bounties being placed on the heads of Texas sheriffs deputies by Mexican cartels. On the beat every week without high-profile credentials, Ms. Carter cultivated sources that led her to internal memos from the Department of Homeland Security and other documents which provide a more complete picture of the situation on the border than one finds in other newspapers, large and small, which too often regurgitate the self-serving banalities of politicians and racial-identity groups. The body of her reporting over the past year is an important example of how the public interest is served when a media outlet devotes appropriate resources to coverage of our immigration crisis.
Of course, this award recognizes not only Ms. Carters reporting, but also the commitment of the Daily Bulletin with weekday circulation of approximately 75,000 a commitment above and beyond what weve observed among mid-sized papers (and even many larger ones). Whats more, this was a commitment by the Daily Bulletins senior staff put in place well before the immigration issue heated up in December of last year with the passage of the Sensenbrenner bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. And its a commitment, Ms. Carter informs us, that is likely to remain in the Bulletins newsroom even after Congress completes its current deliberations this year.
This award is named in memory of Eugene Katz, a native New Yorker who started his career, after Dartmouth and Oxford, as a reporter for the Daily Oklahoman. In 1928, he joined the family business, working as an advertising salesman for the Katz Agency, and in 1952 became president of Katz Communications, a half-billion-dollar firm which not only dealt in radio and television advertising but also owned and managed a number of radio stations. Mr. Katz was a member of the Center for Immigration Studies board until shortly after his 90th birthday in 1997. He passed away in 2000.
More information on the Katz Award, including previous winners, is available at http://www.cis.org/articles/Katz/katzintro.html.
The Center for Immigration Studies is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute which examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States. It is animated by a pro-immigrant/low-immigration vision, but offers the Katz Award not to promote any point of view but rather to foster informed decision-making on an issue so central to America=s future.
Center for Immigration Studies