McClatchy journalists capture national journalism awards

WASHINGTON — Journalists for McClatchy's Washington Bureau, The Miami Herald and The Charlotte Observer received national awards for excellence Monday, two organizations announced.

Joseph L. Galloway, who writes a weekly column on military affairs and national security for McClatchy's Washington Bureau that's syndicated by Tribune Media Services, received a citation from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The selection of columns that won the 2008 Sigma Delta Chi award for General Column Writing dealt with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the instability in Pakistan and the policies of former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Patrick Farrell, a photographer with The Miami Herald, won for best spot news photography in the SPJ contest. His work was titled: "A People in Despair: Haiti's Year Without Mercy."

The Charlotte Observer was the winner among U.S. newspapers for domestic coverage in the 41st Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards competition. The Observer's series, "The Cruelest Cuts," exposed how the poultry industry jeopardized the health of thousands of its vulnerable workers.

Galloway, a native of Refugio, Texas, has been reporting from the front lines of America's wars since 1965. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf called him "The finest combat correspondent of our generation — a soldier's reporter and a soldier's friend."

In 1998, Galloway was awarded the Bronze Star with a V device for valor for his attempt to rescue wounded American soldiers under heavy fire in South Vietnam's Ia Drang Valley in November 1965.

Galloway was the only civilian to receive a medal for valor in combat awarded by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. Three other civilian journalists -the late Charles Mohr of the New York Times, Alvin B. Webb of United Press International and David Greenway of Time magazine - receive Bronze Stars with V devices for received the same medal from the U.S. Marines for rescuing wounded Marines in 1968.

In 2008, a group of 50 military historians polled by Military History magazine named "We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young," Galloway's account of the battle in Landing Zone X-Ray, co-written with retired Army Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, one of the top 10 war books in history, along with the "Iliad" of Homer, Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War" and Tolstoy's "War and Peace."

The book was the basis of the Mel Gibson movie "We Were Soldiers," in which actor Barry Pepper portrayed Galloway.



Galloway columns

Galloway's Bronze Star citation


Commentary: Sins of omission and sins of commission haunt Bush in Pakistan, January 2, 2008

Commentary: it's time to do right by the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, February 13, 2008

Commentary: Some inconvenient truths, conveniently locked in a safe, February 21, 2008

Commentary: Shame on them and shame on us, March 26, 2008

Commentary: An indictment of our Army's competence, May 1, 2008

Commentary: Propaganda and the media, May 15, 2008

Commentary: Gen. Taguba knew scandal went to the top, June 20, 2008

Commentary: Trust us? In a pig's eye, I say, September 24, 2008

Commentary: They've squandered lives, fortunes and our sacred honor, November 3, 2008

Commentary: Shinseki's back and VA's got him, December 9, 2008


The Cruelest Cuts


A People in Despair: Haiti's Year Without Mercy