Carol Rosenberg, the Miami Herald’s military-affairs reporter, was this week named the winner of the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Edward Willis Scripps Award for distinguished service to the First Amendment for her coverage of the U.S. detention center and terror trials at the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo, Cuba.
In announcing the award Tuesday, the foundation cited some of the judges’ comments about Rosenberg’s work:
“The core of the First Amendment is standing up to government, whether it be federal, state or local. Imagine the courage it takes to stand up to the United States military. Carol Rosenberg’s coverage of the trials at Guantánamo was impeded at every stage by the military and yet she persevered and continues to persevere in informing the world about what the U.S. military and federal government would like to keep secret.”
Rosenberg, in her 25th year as a Herald reporter, has covered the detention center since before the first captives arrived in January 2002. She has logged more than 1,000 days at the base reporting on the war-on-terror detention center and the military tribunals held there.
Rosenberg’s Guantánamo work has also been honored by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (2014), the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (2011), and the Society for Professional Journalists (2010).
The Scripps Howard prize — a trophy and $10,000 — will be awarded at a dinner in Denver on May 21.