THE 2011 MOLLY PRIZE WINNERS
Jeff Sharlet is the author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (Little, Brown), The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (Harper), a national bestseller, and coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing The Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible. He’s a contributing editor of KillingTheBuddha.com and TheRevealer.org, published by the New York University Center for Religion and Media, at which Sharlet is a visiting research scholar.
In addition to Harper’s and Rolling Stone, Sharlet has written for Mother Jones, New York, The Nation, New Statesman, The New Republic, Oxford American, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Nerve, Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Journalism Review, The Baffler, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Forward, and Pakn Treger. He’s been a semi-regular guest on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” and made appearances on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Hardball,” CNN, NPR, BBC, CBC, Air America, Radio France, The New York Times, Newsweek, and other media venues.
Jeff Sharlet received the MOLLY Prize for his article “Straight Man’s Burden”; published in Harper’s Magazine.
Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after having served as a correspondent in the paper’s Washington bureau since 1986. She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent. She also wrote a column, “On Washington,” for The New York Times Magazine.
Ms. Dowd joined The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in 1983. She began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. When the Star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine.
Born in Washington D.C., Ms. Dowd received a B.A. degree in English literature from Catholic University (Washington, D.C.) in 1973.
Maureen Dowd received an honorable mention for her series of articles “Eraser Duty for Bart?”; “Devil of a Scandal”; “The Church’s Judas Moment”; and “Worlds Without Women”; published in The New York Times.
Joshua Kors is an investigative reporter for The Nation, where he covers military and veterans’ issues. He is the winner of the National Magazine Award, George Polk Award, IRE Award, National Headliner Award, Casey Medal, Deadline Club Award, Mental Health Media Award and the Military Reporters and Editors Award.
Kors earned national attention this year for his work uncovering the veterans’ benefits scandal. His three-part series showed how military doctors are purposely misdiagnosing soldiers wounded in Iraq in order to deny them medical care and disability pay. He continued his reporting with ABC News, collaborating with Bob Woodruff on “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” pieces covering the scandal. The “Nightline” report won the Peabody Award. In July 2007 Kors testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which convened to investigate his reporting. His testimony led to the creation of two new laws governing military discharges signed by President Bush in January and October 2008.
In September 2010 the House VA Committee convened again to examine Kors’ reporting. His testimony sparked a Pentagon investigation into the U.S. Army’s torture of an American soldier.