Miami Herald wins award for innovative investigation into Haitian president’s assassination

The Miami Herald’s deep investigation into the murder plot of former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse captured an award from the Overseas Press Club of America.

On Tuesday, the press association announced the winners of the 84th Annual Overseas Press Club Awards. The winners across 22 award categories will be honored April 27 at a dinner in New York.

The club describes itself as the nation’s oldest and largest association of journalists who cover international news.

“The club’s mission is to uphold the highest standards in news reporting, advance press freedom and promote good fellowship among colleagues while educating a new generation of journalists,” it said on its website.

The judging process is led by John Daniszewski, vice president and editor-at-large for standards of The Associated Press, and involves entries being reviewed by more than 100 jury members from different professions that have experience in international journalism.

Miami Herald reporters Jacqueline Charles, Jay Weaver, Antonio Delgado, Michael Wilner and other staff members won the Kim Wall Award. This award is given to the best story or series of stories on international affairs using creative and dynamic digital storytelling techniques.

“This award is a reflection and a recognition of the work my colleagues and I have been doing form the inception of the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse in 2021,” Charles said. “We have been on the story from the moment we broke the news up until now.”

The award-winning project can be read here:

Made in Miami: How a plot to oust a president led to a murder in Haiti

Judges had words of distinction for the extensive investigation.

“The Herald’s richly illustrated account relied on extensive interviews, police records, court filings and more to create an interactive graphic that allowed readers to click and see how and where suspects were connected,” judges wrote. “For showing how to use digital storytelling in investigations, the judges decided to give the Kim Wall award to the Miami Herald.”

Charles was especially honored to see coverage of Haiti being awarded.

“In a year where there has been so much great foreign reporting out of Ukraine and Afghanistan, it is refreshing and encouraging to see Haiti get recognized,” she said. “This was not just a team effort but innovative storytelling telling that speaks to the commitment of the Miami Herald and McClatchy in presenting information to our readers in a interesting way.”