Nationwide’s Abka Fitz Henley today won the top prize in this year’s prestigious Jamaica Broilers Fair Play Journalism Awards.
Fitz Henley won the trophy for first place and a cash prize of 5-hundred thousand dollars for his reporting of what became known as the Dead Babies’ Scandal.
It led to the removal of then-Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson.
The report highlighted the deaths of 19 babies from two deadly bacteria at the University Hospital of the West Indies and Cornwall Regional Hospital late last year.
The investigative reports also led to improvements in funding for neonatal care and an apology to the nation by then Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.
In announcing the award, the Master of Ceremony, Emily Shields, noted that the panel of judges, led by Professor Hopeton Dunn, described the reporting on the issue as well-balanced.
During his acceptance, Abka thanked the Nationwide News and Production team.
Fitz Henley disclosed that he’ll be donating 10-percent of the prize money to humanitarian relief for the people of Haiti.
Second place went to Zahra Burton and Global Reporters for the Caribbean, for their probe of the funding of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s house in Beverly Hills, St. Andrew.
While third place was awarded to Archibald Gordon of TVJ for his “Scammers” series, in which he interviewed several victims of the lottery scam in the United States.