Journal Sentinel reporter Gina Barton wins national Polk journalism award

Congratulations:

The Journal Sentinel investigation of the death of Derek Williams in the back of a Milwaukee police car has won a George Polk Award, one of the most prestigious honors in journalism.The award, recognizing the “courageous reporting” of Gina Barton, marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Journal Sentinel has won a Polk Award.Barton is one of 15 recipients announced Monday, including winners from The New York Times, Bloomberg News, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, CBS and Frontline. The awards honor special achievement in journalism, with a premium on investigative and enterprise reporting. Barton won for local reporting.”Above all, it was Gina Bartons tenacity that caught our eye,” said Polk Awards curator John Darnton, a former longtime editor at The New York Times. “The police clearly stonewalled, but she refused to accept it, and thats the mark of a courageous, intrepid reporter.”

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.