Selden Ring Award Goes to Reporter for Nonprofit ProPublica

T. Christian Miller has won the 2010 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, presented annually by the School of Journalism at USC Annenberg. Miller’s winning work is about how the insurance system has failed the civilian contractors in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. From the Annenberg website:

Miller’s reporting revealed that insurance coverage for private contractors in war zones had become a boon for companies and a disaster for those who relied upon it for treatment and death benefits.

Miller’s work showed that more than 1,600 civilians have died while supporting U.S. soldiers in war zones, with another 37,000 injured. These numbers had not been publicly tallied before Miller launched his work, nor had contractors or their families had any vehicle for speaking out about the problems they were experiencing.

The work was planned and edited in a collaboration between ProPublica and the LA Times.

T. Christian Miller left the LA Times to work for ProPublica in August of 2008.