Washington Post wins Selden Ring Award

Reporters from The Washington Post have won the 2006 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for their series exposing illegal activities and corruption surrounding Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. It is the second consecutive award for the Washington Post, which won in 2005 for its investigation of lead contamination in the District of Columbia water supply and the failure of public officials to inform and protect residents. "The fall of Abramoff exposed what may be the biggest case of congressional corruption in decades," wrote the judges. "If not for The Post's dogged investigative reporting, the web of corrupt relationships, secret deals and cynical manipulation of the political system might still be thriving in the dark corners of the nation's capital." Award finalists included Copley News Service, Small Newspaper Group, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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