HuffPost’s Sam Stein Wins $500

HuffPost Political Editor and White House Correspondent Sam Stein has won the September Sidney Award for exposing the “devastating” impact of sequestration. He has been chronicling the impact of the cuts since the spring.

Rare transgenic (genetically modified) rabbits surfaced in his reporting.

For all his hard word, Stein wins $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.

According to an announcement of the news on The Sidney Hillman Foundation website, a “distinguished professor of ophthalmology” told Stein that sequestration had forced him to euthanize the “beautiful, rare” transgenic rabbits he used to seek cures for blindness in humans.  “We petted them, played with them, fed them treats. Now they are dead. I blame Congress directly for that,” the professor wrote.

Here’s the reasoning behind why Stein is receiving the award. “This month, we honor Stein for his outstanding and tenacious reporting on sequestration,” said Sidney judge Lindsay Beyerstein. “He is shining a spotlight on a terribly disruptive process that risks becoming the new normal without ongoing, hard-hitting coverage.”

Read an email interview between Beyerstein and Stein here. It’s stiff and stilted but shows Stein knows his stuff on sequestration matters.