POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Documentary Journalism


Ben Garvin and Lindsey Seavert / KARE11/Tegna
“Love Them First”


Ed Ou, Kitra Cahana and Jonathan Ade / NBC Left Field
“A Different Kind of Force—Policing Mental Illness”


Noelle Crombie, Kale Williams, Beth Nakamura and Dave Killen / The Oregonian/OregonLive
“No Mercy”


Johnny Harris, Valerie Lapinski and Tom Fox / Vox
“How this border transformed a subcontinent | India & Pakistan”


Jonah M. Kessel / The New York Times
“Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.”


“No Mercy”

Tania Culver Humphrey grew up with a renowned father and a terrible secret. While Ellsworth Culver was building Oregon-based Mercy Corps into an international force for good, he sexually abused his daughter for more than a decade, beginning when she was in preschool.

Humphrey eventually told the acclaimed humanitarian relief organization, providing graphic details of her experience and supporting documentation. But her word wasn’t enough. Mercy Corps allowed her father to continue to travel the globe as the charity’s public face.

Now 48 and a mother herself, Humphrey wants Mercy Corps to answer the question that’s haunted her for years: Why didn’t they stop him?

No Mercy