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Featuring: Jennifer Berry Hawes, Stephen Hobbs and Glenn Smith of the Charleston Post and Courier. The Post and Courier won the 2020 Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, the Edward Willis Scripps Award.
Their entry "It's Time for You to Die" examined a killing spree at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina that left seven inmates dead. The staff used innovative methods to report the story when state corrections officials were not forthcoming with information.
About the presenters:
- Jennifer Berry Hawes is a reporter on The Post and Courier's Watchdog and Public Service team. She worked with the team that produced "Till Death Do Us Part," which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. She also co-wrote "An Undying Mystery," which was a Pulitzer finalist in Feature Writing last year. Her book about the Emanuel AME Church massacre, "Grace Will Lead Us Home," was published in 2019 by St. Martin's Press.
- Stephen Hobbs is a member of The Post and Courier's investigative team. He joined in the paper in 2019. Previously, he worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel where he shared in the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the newspaper's coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. He was also part of the team's coverage that was a Pulitzer finalist for Breaking News. Before that, he worked at the Colorado Springs Gazette.
- Glenn Smith is The Post and Courier's Watchdog and Public Service Editor, and he served on the four-person team that produced the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation, "Till Death Do Us Part." A former South Carolina journalist of the year, he is a Connecticut native and a longtime crime reporter.
The three reporters will discuss how they got around an official blockade of information to obtain key documents and interviews with more than 100 inmates. They will also highlight what they discovered about the gangs that rule the prison and the contraband economy that empowers them.