Two Investigative Fund Stories Win National Magazine Awards
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      Elsy Hernandez holds a portrait of her daughter, Exelina, who was left behind by smugglers in the Brooks County brush last November. "In my heart, I feel that my daughter is alive," she says.

Two Investigative Fund stories have won 2015 National Magazine Awards, distributed by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Jeff Sharlet's "Inside the Iron Closet: What It's Like to Be Gay in Putin's Russia," published in GQ, won the Reporting category. Sharlet spent two weeks in Russia's underground queer scene, from secret gay clubs to the domestic life of two couples pretending to be straight, and reported on the dangers and hardships that LGBTQ communities endure in the face of anti-gay laws and a rise in homophobic violence. The story was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the category of Outstanding Magazine Article.

In the Multimedia category, Investigative Fund fellow Melissa del Bosque won for "Beyond the Border," her 4-part series published in partnership with the Texas Observer and the Guardian that investigates the rise in migrant deaths in Texas's Brooks County, some 70 miles from the US-Mexico border where the US Border Patrol has a checkpoint. The series focuses on El Salvadoran immigrant Exelina Hernandez, who has been missing since being abandoned by a smuggler; ranch owners who find lost migrants and dead bodies on their land; the former director of a Guatemalan consul who ensured that the bodies of migrants were returned to their families; and the sheriff's department that struggles to handle the recovery of bodies found in Brooks County. The investigation features multimedia components, including video and infographics created by the Guardian US interactive team.

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    • Queen Arsem-O'Malley is the Investigative Fund intern at The Nation Institute. Talk to her about Boston, investigative reporting, activism, and labor-related news on Twitter @qaween. 


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