Guild member Martha Mendoza wins FOI prize

From University of Florida news release: 

Associated Press National Writer Martha Mendoza will be honored as the winner of the 27th annual Brechner Center’s Freedom of Information award on Tuesday, April 9.Martha Mendoza

Mendoza is the author of the national award-winning series, “Access Denied.” For the series, the AP sent 120 of its journalists around the world to test the public’s right-to-information laws in 100 countries.  The articles revealed that while many countries passed new freedom of information laws in the last decade, more than half the countries ignored them.  It also showed how some new democracies were more responsive to citizens’ questions than older ones, such as the United States.

Mendoza has won numerous awards and prompted Congressional hearings, Pentagon investigations and White House responses. She won a 2000 Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting as part of a team that revealed, with extensive documentation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of civilians at the No Gun Ri bridge.

Mendoza is the recipient of numerous other state, regional, national and international journalism awards, including the Overseas Press Club’s Madeline Dane Ross Award, the National Science Writers Association Award, California First Amendment Coalition Beacon Award for Freedom of Information, and repeated AP Managing Editors honors. She has reported for the AP since 1997, in Albuquerque, N.M., New York and Mexico City.

She was a 2001 Knight Fellow at StanfordUniversity and a 2007 Ferris Professor for Humanities at PrincetonUniversity. She lives in Santa Cruz, Calif. with her husband and four children.