Times staff writer Chuck Philips has won a George Polk journalism award for his detailed accounts of the inner workings of the music industry, and a team of Times reporters has won a Polk award for tracing funding from Asian sources to the coffers of the Democratic National Committee, some of which was in violation of federal law.
"We're honored that Polk has rewarded these fine journalists," said Times Editor and Executive Vice President Shelby Coffey III. "Both the team efforts in the funding stories and the individual efforts of Chuck Philips represent a commitment to the fair and probing journalism that our readers want and expect."
The Times and the New York Times were the only newspapers to win two of the 1996 awards, which were announced Thursday.
Philips, who covers the music industry for The Times, won the award for cultural reporting. Philips has written stories about scandals over lip-syncing and sexual harassment in the music business, the continued use of "payola" to gain air time for records, and shake-ups at Time Warner's music division.