25 March 2008
The Chauncey Bailey Project won an award
The Chauncey Bailey Project just won a major national award, the Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The award honors "outstanding reporting covering organized crime or other criminal acts."
Murder, revisited Santa Barbara police reopen 40-year-old homicide case with similarities to Chauncey Bailey slaying By Bob Butler and Thomas Peele, The Chauncey Bailey Project Editor's note: The Chauncey Bailey Project just won a major national award, the Renner Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The award honors "outstanding reporting covering organized crime or other criminal acts." According to the IRE press release, tho award went to A.C. Thompson, Thomas Peele, Josh Richman, Angela Hill, Mary Fricker, G.W. Schulz, Cecily Burt, Bob Butler, Paul T. Rosynsky and Harry Harris for "The Chauncey Bailey Project." Thompson works with New American Media, Peele, Richan, Burt, Rosynsky, Hill and Harris are from the Bay Area News Group. Fricker is a retired reporter from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Bob Butler is a freelance radio reporter. Schulz works for the Bay Guardian. The coordinator of the project is Robert Rosenthal, director of the Center for Investigative Reporting. "These stories would have been difficult to pursue under any circumstances," the organization noted, "but it took extreme dedication to get at the truth following the assassination of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey. In the tradition of the Arizona Project, this coalition of Bay area journalists delved into questionable real estate deals and contracts involving the owners of Your Muslim Bakery in Oakland. The reporters raised questions about the thoroughness of a police investigation into the group before Bailey's murder. They probed the interrogation and confession of Bailey's alleged killer. And they carried on the work that Bailey intended to pursue before his death. (IRE is providing data analysis and computer services for the project)." SANTA BARBARA Police here, responding to inquiries by the Chauncey Bailey Project, have re-opened an investigation into the unsolved 1968 shooting deaths of a couple affiliated with a mosque that was the forerunner to Your Black Muslim Bakery. Click here for full article.