Friday, July 29, 2011

Reporter wins journalism award but remains homeless

Reporter Jose Espinosa stands outside of the homeless shelter where he currently lives, holding the article that garnered him an international journalism award.

The story of famed boxer Matthew Saad Muhammed's journey from an orphanage to light heavyweight champion of the world to living in a homeless shelter won an international journalism award for another resident of the same Philadelphia shelter.

Jose Espinosa's story, "Fighting Back," was published in Philadelphia's street newspaper, One Step Away, and won an award from the International Network of Street Papers.

Weeks after the story broke, Muhammed received job offers and financial assistance. He moved out of the shelter where Espinosa remains.

Read the Newsworks report here.


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