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Trib writer wins national award

| Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
trib reporter carl prine
trib reporter carl prine

Investigative reporter Carl Prine received the American Legion Fourth Estate Award on Thursday for “Wounded Warriors,” a February 2011 series that revealed problems in Warrior Transition units designed to treat soldiers suffering physically or mentally from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prine, 45, a Marine and Army veteran who served in Iraq, was presented with the award during the Legion's national convention in Indianapolis.

This is the second consecutive year the Trib won the Legion's Fourth Estate Award. In 2011, the newspaper was honored for reports exposing shoddy treatment in Pennsylvania's state-run veterans homes.

As was done last year, the Trib returned the $2,000 cash prize that comes with the award to the Legion so the money can be used to serve its members.

Prine spent nine months and traveled extensively in researching the “Wounded Warriors” series, which spurred congressional hearings and the resignation of a senior defense official.

The series also won first place in enterprise reporting from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists competition and second place for the Spotlight Award, the chapter's most prestigious honor, given for an investigation that placed the public's right to know in the spotlight.

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