C.J. Chivers, a freelance writer for Esquire, has just been awarded the Michael Kelly Award for his masterful account of the terrorist takeover of a school in Beslan, Russia in 2004. It is a tragic but vital piece of reporting.
It's a little unsettling that Chivers' story, which deals with terrorists brutally killing innocent people, was recognized now, given recent events. It does serve as a reminder, though, that unspeakable acts can occur even in the most bucolic of settings.
Here, in full, is Chivers article: