Award winning series on Haiti

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Announces 2011 Berger Award Winner for Best Human-Interest Reporting

New York, NY (May 11, 2011) — Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced that Anne Barnard, a reporter for The New York Times, is the winner of the 2011 Mike Berger Award for her year-long series, “A Parish Tested.” The near-dozen pieces chronicle the travails and triumphs of a Haitian parish in Queens, New York, rocked by the impact of the massive earthquake in their homeland.

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Aftershocks Rumble Through Haitian New York: A Parish Tested

When an earthquake devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, its aftershocks reverberated through Haiti’s far-flung diaspora. Children scattered not only to tent cities in Port-au-Prince but also to Haitian communities — hardscrabble city neighborhoods and orderly suburbs — in places like New York, Boston and Miami. So did waves of grief, shock and guilt. The week of the quake, Anne Barnard of The New York Times visited one nexus of the destruction: a normally quiet Roman Catholic parish in Queens that is 80 percent Haitian.

Over the next 10 months, Ms. Barnard chronicled a community in convulsion as people questioned their faith, grieved over shattered families, gave money and time to rebuild Haiti, took in displaced relatives and struggled to adapt their already fraught and at times painful relationship with their homeland at its moment of greatest need.

Their experience tells a story about immigration and globalization, about individual loss and Haiti’s national tragedy, as the disaster plays out with quiet force in the households of the parish of SS. Joachim and Anne.

Articles in This Series:
Suffering, Haitians Turn to Charismatic Prayer
Many Haitians in their home country and in the United States answered the suffering from January’s earthquake by embracing charismatic Catholicism.
November 25, 2010nyregionNews

Haitians Look to Family 1,500 Miles North for Help
The struggle of relatives in New York to provide support after the earthquake is complicated by the strains of immigration.
August 9, 2010nyregionSeries

A Family Ritual in Haiti Is Threatened
For generations, immigrants have sent their children back to Haiti in the summer to steep in a more traditional culture. This year, that routine has changed.
July 1, 2010nyregionSeries

A Bond in Devotion to Haiti Is Left Shattered
A tug of war between country and family ran like a fault line through the marriage of Rose Carline and Jean Arsène Constant. The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti ruptured it.
June 9, 2010nyregionSeries

For Haitian-American Doctors, a Call to Return
Since the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, thousands of doctors and nurses have volunteered to help.
April 5, 2010nyregionSeries

Haitians in U.S. Double Up to Take In Their Own
Households are vibrating with relief and claustrophobia as relatives displaced by the quake seek shelter.
March 6, 2010nyregionSeries

Quake a Defining Crisis for Two Priests in Queens
The Revs. Robert Robinson and Jean-Moise Delva of SS. Joachim and Anne parish strive to soothe the anguish and trauma among their parishioners.
February 8, 2010nyregionSeries

Haiti’s Aftershocks Felt at a School in New York
At a place where most students are Haitian-American, the earthquake is being felt in an intense way.
January 23, 2010nyregionSeries

Haitian New Yorkers Hold on to Their Hope
At SS. Joachim and Anne, a largely Haitian Roman Catholic parish in Queens Village, church and school officials worried and tried to console the families there.
January 18, 2010nyregionSeries

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