Journalists group honors Sun writer for NSA coverage

Siobhan Gorman, who covers the intelligence community for The Sun, was honored yesterday with a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting last year about the National Security Agency.

Gorman's award marks the third major prize in recent weeks for Sun journalists. Robert Little received a George Polk Award for "Dangerous Remedy," his series about the Army's use of an experimental blood coagulant, and the series "On Shaky Ground," by June Arney and Fred Schulte, won an honor from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Gorman, who joined The Sun in 2005, won in the category of Washington Correspondence. One of her winning stories focused on a troubled $1.2 billion computer upgrade called Trailblazer that still was not working more than six years after it was launched. After the article ran, the agency abandoned the program.

Another story explored the NSA's decision to remove privacy protections when it deployed its Terrorist Surveillance Program. The third revealed that the agency was on the verge of exceeding its power supply, a situation that, she wrote, could have forced a shutdown of the agency, erased crucial intelligence data and crippled its fight against terrorism.

The SPJ awards will be presented on July 20 to winners chosen from more than 1,200 entries in 49 categories, including print, radio, television and online.

Gorman placed first in a group that included newspapers or wire services with circulations of 100,000 or greater. Other winners, in other categories, included writers for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune.

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