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Child Welfare League of America Announces 2006 Anna Quindlen Journalism Award Winners

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Joyce Johnson
Phone: 804/492-4519
Cell: 703/980-7641
E-mail: jjohnson@cwla.org

February 28, 2006, Washington, DC -- The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is pleased to announce the 2006 winners of the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism in Behalf of Children and Families during its National Conference. The awards will be presented on February 28 at a dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The awards are presented in two categories, print and broadcast. This year's recipients are Barbara White Stack of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Christine Devine of KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

This award is presented to journalists who have demonstrated a commitment to reporting on the issues most important to children and families. The award is named for the former New York Times reporter and op-ed columnist, novelist, and Newsweek contributor, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Anna Quindlen.

Barbara White Stack was selected in the print category for her series "In Harm's Way" that focused on children abused in some state licensed group home facilities. Barbara began work on this series of articles three years ago when she sent her first request under the state Right to Know law in the State Department of Public Welfare (DPW) seeking information on children injured in DPW-licensed group homes in Allegheny County. Initially those requests were denied until Estelle Richman became Secretary of the State Department of Public Welfare. Secretary Richman agreed to provide the information and data along with a commitment to make the system more accountable, sensitive and safe for children.

Following publication of the series in the Post-Gazette, legislation was introduced to ensure teachers in Pennsylvania suspected of abuse would be investigated by the Department of Public Welfare.

Barbara White Stack has covered issues regarding abused, neglected and delinquent children for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 12 years. She is well respected in the community and is known for fairness and for reporting on all aspects of an issue, giving her readers a clear understanding of the needs of children in the county and the problems agencies encounter when providing services.

Christine Devine, Co-Anchor of the Fox 11 News - KTTV in Los Angeles, California was selected in the broadcast category for her weekly adoption program called "Wednesday's Child." Christine has been a consistent driving force in helping children in foster care in Los Angeles County finds permanent and loving homes.

Christine began her Involvement and advocacy more than ten years ago and has not wavered in her commitment do good and to make a difference. Christine understands that children waiting for adoptive homes need to be presented in the best possible light. She helps portray the children for the great kids they really are, showing that they are capable and deserving of the love of a permanent family to will help them reach their full potential. Along with her dedication to helping children find permanent homes through adoption, she has also been an advocate for recruiting adoptive families and helping them get started on their adoption journey.

Christine does not shy away from controversy often including interviews with birth parents who have failed to reunify with their children. She handles the subject with compassion, sensitivity and grace - for all parties involved. In addition to raising awareness of the need for adoptive homes, she also emphasizes the importance of keeping siblings together as they go through adoptive planning

The weekly series is sponsored by the Freddie Mac Foundation in partnership with the LA County DCFS.


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