Tracey Shelton, a graduate of the 2011-12 program, has been honoured for her video work in Syria with two of the industry’s most prominent awards.
Tracey Shelton of GlobalPost will receive the George Polk Award for Video Reporting for communicating the human tragedy of the conflict in Syria in a way that is impossible to ignore or forget. Through powerful video, viscerally engaging images and authoritative writing, she gave voice and face to those most affected by the civil war. In one piece, Shelton took readers inside a Syrian home to create an intimate portrait of one family displaced and traumatized by the terrors of war. In another, she showed the horrific aftermath of a helicopter bombing attack and the search to find survivors. The heart-wrenching conclusion: A 4-year-old boy survived unscathed in the blast that killed his parents, siblings and other relatives. In another instance, Shelton went on patrol with a group of rebel soldiers telling their story in the days before — and then at the very moment — they are killed by a tank blast.