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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2004 News Archive > Pulitzer Prize-winning alumnus David Leeson wins Murrow, Headliner awards

Pulitzer Prize-winning alumnus David Leeson wins Murrow, Headliner awards

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July 14, 2004

Abilene Christian University graduate David Leeson followed up his recent Pulitzer Prize with two more prestigious journalism awards – the Edward R. Murrow Award and a National Headliner Award.

Both awards were given for the WFAA-TV documentary “War Stories.”  Leeson, a photographer for the Dallas Morning News, served as an executive producer and photographer for the one-hour special. 

The Radio-Television News Directors Association gave the Murrow Award to WFAA-TV in the category of Best News Documentary for “War Stories.”  The same piece won first place in the category Documentary or Series of Reports in the National Headliner Awards.

Leeson and Morning News photographer Cheryl Diaz Meyer shared the 2004 Pulitzer Prize award for Breaking News Photography for their coverage of the invasion of Iraq, and their photography was used in the documentary.

For almost two months last year, Meyer and Leeson were imbedded with U.S. forces advancing on Baghdad.  Meyer was with the Marines' Second Tank Battalion and Leeson with the Army's Third Infantry Division. 

Leeson, a 1978 graduate of ACU, has received other major honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged.  His work for ACU's alumni magazine, ACU Today, also has won major photography awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

An Abilene native, Leeson worked for the Abilene Reporter-News (1977-82), The Times-Picayune/The States Item in New Orleans (1982-84), and joined the Morning News staff in 1984.  He has covered armed conflicts in Angola, Kuwait and Nicaragua; civil war in Panama, Peru and Sudan; apartheid in South Africa; homelessness in Dallas; the Gulf War, earthquakes in Turkey, and death row in American prisons.


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