Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ernie Pyle Award for Christine Bertelson Column Stresses Social Issues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ernie Pyle Award for Christine Bertelson Column Stresses Social Issues

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Post-Dispatch columnist Christine Bertelson has won the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest reporting from the Cincinnati-based Scripps Howard Foundation.

The Ernie Pyle Award is named for the World War II correspondent whose human touch made his dispatches compelling. Newspaper people consider the $2,500 award one of the best in the business. Bertelson's work was chosen over that of two finalists: Clare Ansberry, of The Wall Street Journal, and Rick Bragg, of The New York Times.

Her column appears three times a week and covers topics ranging from domestic gardening to domestic abuse, with an emphasis on social issues.

Bertelson, 46, is a St. Louisan who began her journalism career as a teen-ager by writing bridal announcements for the Post-Dispatch, where her father - Arthur Bertelson - was then managing editor.

She graduated in 1972 from Smith College in Northhampton, Mass., with a degree in French literature. She lived for a year in Paris.

On her return, she worked for a few years at the Post-Dispatch as a general assignment reporter before moving on to newspaper jobs at the Burlington (Vt. …

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