Casey Medal Winner Laura Sullivan On: Reporting, Best Practices
What happens when your story makes you an enemy of a big state system? NPR's Laura Sullivan and Amy Walters found out when they spent time in the trenches fighting for Native American families in South Dakota in the investigative series, "Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families."
A week before "Native Foster Care" aired, Gov. Dennis Daugaard's (R-S.D.) office released a statement undermining the series and personally accusing Sullivan of bias.
"It bothered me only because we weren't talking about why the state was forcibly removing Native American children from reservations, we were talking about me and my news organization," Sullivan said.
"Native Foster Care" earned both a 2012 Casey Medal and America's Promise Journalism Award for Action.
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