FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REPORTING COURAGE, INTEGRITY AWARD GOING TO
LATE MICHAEL KELLY
Michael Kelly's Parents, Widow Acknowledge
Los Angeles, CA, June 4, 2003 - The late Michael
Kelly, a journalist who died while on assignment in
will be honored with the second annual Daniel Pearl
Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.
The award is given by the Los
Angeles Press Club in consultation with the Pearl family.
Kelly, 46, was editor at large for The Atlantic
Monthly and a contributor to The
Washington Post. He was killed
in April while traveling with the Army's 3rd Infantry
Division when a Humvee he was riding in plunged into
a canal. He also was a former editor of The New
The Pearl Award will be presented by James Hill, managing
editor of The Washington Post Writers Group, which
syndicated Kelly's columns. It will be accepted by
Kelly's widow, Madelyn, at the 45th annual Southern
California Journalism Awards to be held June 21.
"Like Daniel Pearl, Mike was known for his honesty,
forthrightness and decency, not only as a witness,
but as a man," Madelyn Kelly said. "He would
be deeply honored to be remembered with the Daniel
Pearl, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, was
kidnapped in January 2002 by an Islamic militant group
in Pakistan and later killed. He grew up in Los Angeles'
His parents and widow, Marianne, said they regretted
that this year's award had to be given in memoriam,
but were pleased to be honoring Kelly's memory. Last
year's first award went to Pearl's family.
"Michael Kelly exemplified the best in journalism," Pearl's
parents, Judea and Ruth said. "He was a man of
wit and warmth who challenged conventional wisdom and
never compromised truth in the face of adversity."
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.
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