Best Feature in Print

Ruth Lamperd
Sunday Herald Sun

The Sunday Herald Sun's Ruth Lamperd has won the 2012 Quill Award for Best Feature in Print.

Lamperd's gripping feature covered the battle to save a baby girl born addicted to drugs.

Judges' statement

Highlighted the scale and emotional cost of drug addiction and particularly how the innocent – in this case a new born baby – are impacted.

This was a finely told human interest story, both moving and confronting, but devoid of sensationalism.  It was obtained only by tenacity after 18 months and 25 visits to the hospital to find a mother comfortable enough for
Ruth to watch a baby going through drug withdrawal.  It was written with short, sharp sentences and vivid word pictures. 

Highly commended

Judges gave highly commended mentions to The Australian's Cameron Stewart and the Australian Financial Review's Tony Walker.