The 2001 Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Drug and Alcohol Problems

2001 Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Awards Presenters and Speakers:

Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes
Michael Crichton, Author
Diane Sawyer, ABC TV
John Whitehead, Whitehead Foundation


2001 Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Awards Winners:

The Sacramento BeeThe Fresno Bee and The Modesto Bee of The McClatchy Company for “A Madness Called Meth” 
A comprehensive, multi-part series that explores the epidemic of methamphetamine production, distribution and use in California and law enforcement efforts to stop distribution (October 8, 2000)

The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) for 
“Amber Struggles to Shake Drug’s Hold” (June 4, 2000) and “An Infinite Love” (June 11, 2000)
Two articles that report on the human toll exacted by substance abuse. The first article chronicles a woman’s addiction to methamphetamine, its physical and psychological impact on her and the ways that the drug has shaped her life. The second tells the story of a family struggling to cope with caring for an adoptive son born with fetal alcohol syndrome.

Martin Smith, Series Producer and Lowell Bergman, Series Reporter, WGBH-Frontline, Cambay Productions, Rain Media for “Drug Wars” 
A two-part series that provides the most comprehensive television history to date of the United States’ 30-year war on drugs (October 9–10, 2000)


2001 Honorable Mention:

Lai Ling Jew, Dateline NBC for “All the Rave?” 
An expose of the use of all-night parties known as “raves” to distribute the drug Ecstasy (May 2, 2000)