The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Shorenstein Center has been awarded to Carol Marbin Miller, Audra Burch, Mary Ellen Klas, Emily Michot, Kara Dapena, and Lazaro Gamio of the Miami Herald for their investigative report “Innocents Lost.” Additionally, the Shorenstein Center awarded the Career Award for Excellence in Journalism to Marvin Kalb, and the Goldsmith Book Prizes to Daniela Stockmann and Andrew Pettegree.

The Miami Herald examined how more than 500 children died of abuse or neglect over a seven-year period after falling through Florida’s child welfare safety net, largely as a result of a misguided effort to reduce the number of foster children while simultaneously slashing services for troubled families. The series prompted immediate reforms, including the most far-reaching overhaul of child welfare laws in Florida’s history.

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