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Indian scribes win American Society of Newspaper Editors award


NEW YORK, February 21 2005

Two Indians are among winners of The Washington Post and The New York Times awards for deadline news reporting in 2004. Indian correspondent of Washington Post Rama Lakshmi and Indian origin staff writer of Florida-based St Petersburg Times Babita Persaud were named by the American Society of Newspaper Editors as winners of its awards on Saturday.

The Jesse Laventhol Prize for deadline reporting by a team was awarded to the Post for its coverage of the devastating tidal wave disaster, which hit South Asia on Boxing Day. Michael Dobbs, Rama Lakshmi, John Lancaster, Peter Goodman and Alan Sipress comprised the team lauded by the judges for delivering "a stunning amount of information (that) blended a seeping narrative with clarity and economy of expression."

Dexter Filkins of the Times was awarded the Laventhol prize for deadline reporting by an individual for his coverage of urban warfare in Fallujah, Iraq.

The Jesse Laventhol prizes each carry a $10,000 cash award. The awards will be presented April 14 in Washington.

Other winners of ASNE awards, each carrying a $2,500 prize included Babita Persaud of the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times , the Freedom Forum/ASNE Award for Outstanding Writing on Diversity, for her stories about arranged marriages in modern America.

Others who received the award include M J Wilde of The Albuquerque (New Mexico) Tribune for commentary/column writing, Helen O'Neill of The Associated Press for non-deadline writing among others.PTI

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