Best Kobe Bryant Coverage Decision (2005)
Rocky Mountain News
When alleged rapes are before the criminal-justice system, the question of whether to identify the alleged victims is tricky. But the matter is quite different when it comes to civil court, since money, not jail time, is at the crux of such cases. Nevertheless, even after the criminal charges against Kobe Bryant were dropped and the incident moved into the civil arena, most news organizations declined to name Katelyn Faber, the woman who claimed Bryant had sexually assaulted her. The Rocky Mountain News was an exception to this rule, and its use of both her moniker and photograph proved to be entirely fair, reasonable and straightforward.