Class of ’07 alum Angela Hill was part of the ABC News investigative team that just won a 2011 George Polk Award for Television Reporting.
The award recognized the Brian Ross Investigative Unit for its 10-month investigation into the 2009 murder of a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. A three-part report based on the investigation aired on the ABC News show, “20/20.” Hill is a field producer for the unit.
Here’s the announcement from Long Island University, administrator of the Polk Awards:
The George Polk Award for Television Reporting will be given to Brian Ross and Anna Schecter for their 10-month ABC News investigation of the murder of Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey in West Africa. The three-part report, which aired on ABC’s “20/20,” uncovered a systemic failure to protect Peace Corps volunteers who were victims of sexual assault and the whistleblowers who tried to report the incidents. Ross and Schecter traveled to remote villages in Benin to investigate Puzey’s murder and began to unravel a disturbing legacy of cover-up and betrayal inside the Peace Corps. Their investigation led to historic changes, including a new law, The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, requiring the Peace Corps to protect whistleblowers, hire advocates for victims, and improve the training of volunteers to reduce the risk of sexual assault.