Carol Marbin Miller
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Carol Marbin Miller

Carol Marbin Miller is a senior investigative reporter at The Miami Herald. Marbin Miller began covering social welfare programs at the St. Petersburg Times in the 1990s. She joined The Miami Herald in 2000 and has reported extensively on Florida's services to children as well as the state's juvenile justice system, programs for people with disabilities, mental health and elder care.


Marbin Miller is a graduate of Florida State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[1]

Innocents Lost

Marbin Miller and colleague Audra D.S. Burch investigated the circumstances of the deaths of 477 children in the care of Florida's DCF for a six-year period from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2013.[2] The series, Innocents Lost, "chronicles the sad procession of children who died, often violently, after the Florida Department of Children and Families had been warned, often repeatedly, that they or their siblings could be in danger."[2] Their project produced an extensive searchable database[3] that details the children's cases including specific information about their circumstances and the systemic failures that led to their deaths. The series is cited as the precipitating factor for the most extensive overhaul of child welfare laws in the history of the state.[4]

According to the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, "the deaths occurred as Florida reduced the number of children in foster care at the same time it cut services for troubled families."[5] The Poynter Institute for Media Studies discussed the series at length on its website.[6]


The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism selected Marbin Miller for the 2015 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting.[4] Other awards include:

Along with Michael Sallah and Rob Barry, Marbin Miller was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Miami Herald series, "Neglected to Death", for the project's exposure of deadly abuses and lax state oversight in Florida's assisted living facilities for the elderly and mentally ill that resulted in the closure of dangerous homes, punishment of violators and creation of tougher laws and regulations." [19]

"Innocents Lost" won the Knight Award for Public Service by the Online News Association[20] as well as the Associated Press Managing Editors' 45th Annual Public Service Award and the contest's Best of Show Award.[21][22]

In July 2015, "Innocents Lost" won the Gold Medal for Public Service of the Florida Society of News Editors (FSNE) journalism contest. Among newspapers with a circulation of 125,000 or more in the FSNE, Burch and Marbin Miller finished first in the category of Community Leadership.[23]

List of awards for "Innocents Lost" printed in the Miami Herald.[11]


  1. ^ "Chopping Off Heads With Investigative Reporter Carol Marbin Miller - College Magazine". College Magazine. 2015-12-25. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "Innocents Lost, The Miami Herald". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Victims' Database, "Innocents Lost"". Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "The Miami Herald's "Innocents Lost" Wins 2015 Selden Ring Award". Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ ""Innocents Lost" wins Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "The Poynter Institute". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Bill of Rights Reception honors investigative reporter, advocacy group, rights attorney - Florida Action Committee". Florida Action Committee. 2014-10-26. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Bill of Rights Reception honors investigative reporter, advocacy group, rights attorney". Florida Action Committee. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "'Innocents Lost' child-abuse series wins Florida public service award" (Aug. 16, 2016). The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Florida Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, 2015 Awards". 15 August 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Innocents Lost wins freedom of information award" (April 6, 2016). Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Committing to WIN the War Against Florida's Public Records Law" (June 16, 2016). Sunshine State News. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "2016 Sunshine State Award winners". Archived from the original on March 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "Heywood Broun Award". Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Investigative Reporting Prize". Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center. Archived from the original on 2015-04-08.
  16. ^ "Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award". Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ "The Goldsmith Prize". Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "2014 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism". Nieman Foundation. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "Columbia University Announces 96th Annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music" (April 16, 2012). The Pulitzer Prize Board. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Knight Award for Public Service". Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ "Miami Herald, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Win APME Honors". The New York Times. 2015-06-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Associated Press Media Editors' Journalism Excellence Awards". The Associated Press. June 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ "Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Annual Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-09-15.

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