Aug. 14, 2020
Best of the States
The pandemic crisis ‘laid bare’ in AP report from Texas maternity ward
Few places in America have been as hard hit by the pandemic as the Texas border, and the package by this all-formats team exposes the stark contrast between this part of the country and regions with greater resources.
With access to two hospitals overwhelmed by cases in the Rio Grande Valley, AP reporter Paul Weber, photographer Eric Gay and video journalist John Mone carefully documented stories of patients and staff, including a new mom in the maternity ward who unknowingly contracted the virus and had to be isolated from her newborn.
Weber wrote: “The U.S. failure to contain the pandemic has been laid bare.”
For a compelling and hard-to-report all-formats package, Weber, Gay and Mone win this week’s Best of the States award.