Carl Prine Wins National Award for Military Series by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Carl Prine, a Tribune-Review investigative reporter, has won the 2012 Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military from the national Military Reporters & Editors organization.
Prine, 45, won the prestigious award for “Wounded Warriors,” a series of stories in February 2011 that detailed inadequate care given wounded U.S. troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq at about three dozen Warrior Transition Units nationwide.
Based on nine months of investigation, the series revealed shoddy facilities; bureaucratic red tape in providing mental health and medical care; officials evading responsibility for problems with delivering care; and expenditures of money on useless clothing and high-end office space.
Prine, a Marine and Army veteran, last month received the national American Legion Award in Indianapolis for the series.
Trib photographer Justin Merriman — a winner of the Galloway Award in 2010 for photography in Iraq and Haiti — shot most of the photographs for the “Wounded Warrior” series.
Betsy Hiel, the Trib’s Middle East correspondent, won the Galloway prize in 2008.
This year’s award, which includes a $500 prize, will be presented during the Military Reporters & Editors annual conference Oct. 18-19 in Washington.
Galloway was a United Press International reporter who covered the Vietnam War and was a civilian recipient of the Bronze Star.