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3 Times Writers Place First in Overseas Press Club Awards

<i> From a Times Staff Writer</i>

The Los Angeles Times has won first-place awards from the Overseas Press Club for Latin American reporting and for stories on post-Soviet Russia.

Times Moscow Bureau Chief Carol J. Williams and Times staff writer Vanora Bennett in Moscow were co-winners of the award for “Best Foreign Reporting in Any Medium Showing a Concern for the Human Condition.”

Williams spent weeks crisscrossing Russia to tell the stories of ordinary citizens and how they were affected by the transformation of their nation into a freer, market-oriented society. Bennett wrote of Russian drug addicts, mentally ill children living in squalor and the “new serfs” on collective farms, who spend their last years simply waiting to die.

Times Mexico City Bureau Chief Mary Beth Sheridan won the award for “Best Reporting in Any Medium From Latin America.”

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She wrote of drug lords who are buying their way into the hearts of churches; the nation’s booming border business; and a proposed “super-train” that could help drive Mexico’s progress into the next century.

Times staff writer Sebastian Rotella, who covers South America, and Times Beijing Bureau Chief Rone Tempest won citations for their stories.

The Associated Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times also won awards.


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