Mike Davis

I am a professor of journalism and former newspaper reporter. I teach both undergraduate and graduate students.

Ivestigative reporters who uncovered information about U.S. policy toward Iraq and who reported charges of sexual misconduct by a former senator were rewarded last night at the Kennedy School of Government with a prize of $25,000.

The Goldsmith Awards "bring together the world of scholarship and the world of practice...enhancing the work of both," said Kennedy School Dean Albert Carnesale.. The awards are given under the auspices of the Kennedy School's Shorentein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

The prizes for investigative reporting were awarded to Douglas Frantz and Murray Waas of The Los Angeles Times for their series on U.S. government policy toward Iraq, and to David Boardman and Eric Pryne of The Seattle Times for their series on allegations of sexual misconduct against Brock Adams, a former Senator..

Murray Waas spoke on behalf of the L.A. Times team, explaining their efforts to expose "Iraqgate."

He stressed the inverse connection between domestic well-being and covert foreign policy.

"People have a right to know the secret history of how these [foreign policy] decisions are made in their name," Waas said.