Contest Entries

2008 Body of Work

Entrants: Carol Smith

Affiliation: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Beat Reporting

Year: 2008

Place: Second Place

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Carol Smith explores the complexities of a failing mental health system, a dental death investigation and a story about the link between PTSD and brain damage.

Judges' comments: These are well written stories that reveal flawed systems of oversight and care, built around remarkably fleshed-out human examples of people struggling with serious mental illness, a National Guard soldier who returned from Iraq with traumatic brain injury, and patients who died in their dentists' offices. Smith combines a portraitist's eye with a beat reporter's nose for news.

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