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Knight Ridder wins Overseas Press Club honors

Knight Ridder journalists were honored Thursday by the Overseas Press Club for their coverage of the Iraq war, winning the Hal Boyle Award for the best newspaper reporting from abroad.

In addition, the journalism organization conducted a posthumous tribute for one of Knight Ridder's Iraqi staffers who was killed in the conflict. The tribute for the late Yasser Salihee was the first for the Overseas Press Club since 1960.

Besides Salihee, the club cited the work of Tom Lasseter and Hannah Allam, the former Baghdad bureau chief who's now based in Cairo.

The judges noted that Knight Ridder's reporting was "way ahead of other news organizations in recognizing that the deadly infighting between Shiites and Sunnis could turn into civil war."

The awards were given out at a dinner in New York on Thursday.

The New York Times won awards in three categories, including business writing, photography and magazine writing. Ted Koppel received the President's Award for his support of foreign news coverage.

For a complete list of the winners go to:

http://www.opcofamerica.org/opc(underscore)awards/041806pressrelease.php

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(c) 2006, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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