The Nieman Fellows in the class of 2014 have selected Pamela Colloff, an executive editor at the Texas Monthly, as this year’s recipient of the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. Colloff was chosen for her tenacious investigations into wrongful convictions, which have exposed deep flaws in the criminal justice system.The Nieman Fellows noted that “Colloff blends painstaking reporting about the mistakes and misconduct committed by law enforcement with wrenching personal details about the shattered lives of those wrongly convicted. When many of her colleagues have moved on from the sensational murder trials, often content that justice has been served, Colloff treads a lonely road, digging through boxes of court documents, reinterviewing witnesses and questioning the motives of prosecutors and the competence of defense attorneys. Her investigations highlight how a system designed to protect can be corrupted into jailing the innocent and letting the guilty roam free, sometimes to kill again. The power and humanity of her stories has helped force reexaminations into several cases and given them an impact far beyond the borders of Texas, where they take place.”A four-time National Magazine Award finalist, Colloff was nominated in 2001 for her article on school prayer, and in 2011 for her two-part series, “Innocence Lost” and “Innocence Found,” about wrongly convicted death row inmate Anthony Graves. One month after the publication of “Innocence Lost,” charges against Graves were dropped and he was released him from jail.
Dairy Farmers Working Together (DFWT) is hosting a Northeast Dairy Summit to address the crisis facing dairy farmers in our region and across the nation. Governor Douglas will give opening remarks. Dairy farmers and leaders from across the nation, government officials and industry representatives will be in attendance.A panel comprised of dairy and agriculture representatives including Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, Ray Souza of United Dairyman, Chuck Nicholson with Cornell University, John Myer of the Holstein Association and Calvin Covington from Southwest Milk, Inc., Rob Vandenheuvel of the Milk Producers Council of California, and Bob Naerebout and Jim Stewart of the Idaho Dairymen s Association will give presentations and answer questions.DFWT was formed three years ago to address national dairy policy issues and their impact on the volatile milk price system. This summit will be a sharing of ideas to explore options and design action steps.WHAT: Northeast Dairy Summit WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2009Registration is free and begins at 8:30 a.m.Northeast Dairy Summit is from 9 a.m. NoonWHERE: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center South Burlington Vermont