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From AJR,   June/July 2009  issue

AJR's Ricchiardi wins Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism   

By AJR Staff

AJR senior contributing writer Sherry Ricchiardi has won the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism. The award is for the best media criticism published in magazines, newspapers, newsletters or online.

Ricchiardi, who often writes for AJR about foreign coverage, was honored for articles she wrote in 2008 about the media's lack of coverage of the war in Iraq; how well the media scrutinized the Bush administration's allegations against Iran; coverage of the war in Afghanistan; and the Chauncey Bailey Project, a joint effort by a coalition of West Coast news outlets to investigate the murder of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey.

Ricchiardi, who has been writing for AJR since 1992, previously won a Rowse award in 2003 and received an honorable mention in 2006.

"We're very proud that Sherry has received this well-deserved honor," said Rem Rieder, editor and publisher of AJR. "She is a wonderful journalist who is truly passionate about what she does."

AJR has dominated the Rowse Awards since their debut.