The War Horse team is proud to announce that our newsroom has been awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for its recent reporting on the Marine Corps’ systemic failures surrounding the court martial of Cpl. Thae Ohu. Newsroom founder Thomas Brennan, managing editor Kelly Kennedy, and fact-checker Ben Kalin share the award.
The Edward R. Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism and demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. Past recipients include NPR, The New York Times, and ProPublica. The War Horse team is incredibly honored to be recognized alongside other incredible winners this year at The Texas Observer, students at Michigan State University, and The Marshall Project.
In addition to the prestigious Murrow award, The War Horse’s reporting on the court martial of Cpl. Ohu was also awarded a top prize in the annual contest of the Military Reporters and Editors Association, and earned the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award. The judges wrote, “Thomas Brennan produced a detailed and compassionate telling of the impact rape had on the life and career of a young Marine. Working within the bounds of an ongoing legal proceeding and the constraint of traditional military culture, Brennan’s story about mental illness is well sourced with family and colleagues.”