ABC News Investigative Unit Wins Polk Award for Peace Corps Probe
By Mark Schone and Angela M. Hill
The Brian Ross Investigative Unit has won a 2011 George Polk Award for a 10-month-long investigation of the murder of Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey, and of an alleged "blame the victim" culture within the Peace Corps in which whistleblowers were not protected and women were made to feel responsible for being sexually assaulted.
Brian Ross, producer Anna Schecter and the investigative team were honored for an investigation that began as a three-part "20/20" report and culminated in a new federal law protecting Peace Corps whistleblowers and assault victims. Members of Congress credited the ABC News reports with spurring the new law and forcing change within the Peace Corps.