DAYTON, OHIO (April 30, 2018) — Cox Employee, Barrie Barber, has won the prestigious Defense Journalism Award, presented by The Military Reporters & Editors Association.

Barber, a reporter at Cox Media Group, has covered military and veterans issues for the Dayton Daily News since 2012.

The winners of this year’s competition will be formally recognized at MRE’s annual conference, scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Navy League of the United States headquarters in Arlington, Va.

The judges of the MRE competition were faculty members at the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University and Howard University. They said the following about this year’s winners:

The winner in Print is – Domestic-Small Circulation: Barrie Barber of the Dayton Daily News for two very detailed and well-reported pieces–one on the Air Force’s growing pilot-shortage crisis and the other a look at the Air Force’s efforts to combat cyber attacks.

Barber previously won an MRE award in 2017 for a series of stories chronicling a C-17 aeromedical evacuation mission that traveled from Wright-Patterson to Afghanistan and back to Wright-Patt. Read about it here

The Military Reporters & Editors Association is the preeminent organization for U.S. media professionals specializing in national security.

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