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Ladies First for the Inaugural MOLLY Prize

 by Lisa Gulya


Tags: media, Molly Ivins, investigative journalism, Texas Observer,

It’s hard not to miss Molly Ivins, the irreverent journalist credited with (among many other things) demoting George W. Bush to “Shrub.” The Texas Observer created the MOLLY National Journalism Prize in honor of the late Ivins to reward other rabble-rousers and convention-challengers.

The 2008 inaugural MOLLY winner is announced in the current issue of the Observer: It's Diane Suchetka, a reporter with the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, who reported on a 22-year-old working toward his GED in Cleveland's Mount Pleasant neighborhood. 

“Molly would have been tickled that all three winners [Suchetka and both honorable mentions] were women,” the Observer writes.