Alumna Dana Priest wins major journalism award for Walter Reed exposé

Dana Priest received the Division of Social Sciences' 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award. Photo by Jon Kersey.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest (B.A. politics, 1981) and her colleague Anne Hull have won the prestigious 2008 Selden Ring award for their exposé of deplorable conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Their coverage, which revealed unsanitary conditions and a nightmarish bureaucracy at the hospital, prompted an outcry that generated immediate reforms.

The award is presented annually by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. The award, which carries a $35,000 prize, recognizes the best of investigative journalism that led to direct results.

In 2006, Priest won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting about the CIA-run secret "black site" prisons and other controversial aspects of the government's counterterrorism program. She visited campus earlier that year to accept the Division of Social Sciences' first Distinguished Alumni Award.

To learn more about the Selden Ring award, read USC's announcement of the award.