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Anderson Cooper Wins January Sidney for Haiti Coverage

NEW YORK: The Hillman Foundation announced today that CNN's Anderson Cooper has won the January Sidney Award for his network's unrivaled coverage of the devastation following the recent earthquake in Haiti. Together with his producer, Charlie Moore, and his cameraman, Neil Hallsworth, Cooper did a splendid job of chronicling the painful details of daily life in the aftermath of the quake.

The CNN anchor arrived in Haiti the day after the earthquake. He stayed there for more than two weeks and then returned again on February 7th. As reported by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, CNN aired almost three times as many stories originating from inside Haiti than Fox and MSNBC combined.

Sidney Award judge Charles Kaiser said, “Whether he was pointing out the critical shortage of medicine, or the absence of any organized system to take care of the newly-orphaned, Cooper and the rest of the CNN team set the standard for coverage which was both detailed and empathetic.”

Some of Cooper’s best stories out of Haiti can be viewed here, here, and here.

Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s evening newscast, "Anderson Cooper 360°," as well as a contributor to CBS’s "60 Minutes." He previously garnered wide praise for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in the summer of 2005. He is the author of Dispatches from the Edge, a memoir about covering the South Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, among other major news stories.

Before joining CNN in 2001, Cooper was a correspondent for ABC News, where he anchored the network’s live, interactive program, "World News Now." Before that he was chief international correspondent for Channel One News, whose broadcasts are seen in more than 12,000 American classrooms.

The Sidney Award is given once a month to an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, which also awards the annual Hillman Prizes every spring. Winners of the Sidney receive $500, a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel, and a bottle of union made wine. Nominations can be submitted here.

Read an interview with Cooper here.

Certificate designed by Edward Sorel

The Sidney is awarded monthly to a piece published in an American magazine, newspaper, on a news site, or a blog. Television and radio broadcasts by an American news outlet are also eligible, as are published photography series.

Deadlines are the last day of each month. The piece must have been published in the month preceding the deadline. In the case of magazines, please nominate according to the issue date on the publication, not when it first appeared.

Nominations are accepted for one's own work, or for someone else's.

The Foundation will announce a winner on the second Wednesday of each month. Recipients will be awarded $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.

If you wish to nominate yourself or a piece by anyone else, please click here for our nomination form.If you have any further questions about the nomination process, please send your inquiry to [email protected]