Awards & Recognition

Report for America corps members are producing award-winning journalism in newsrooms across the country. These are just a few examples.

Top of the Rockies

Theresa Davis, Albuquerque Journal, won first place agriculture and environment feature story from the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for “A ‘slow and painful’ crisis,” about the fifth anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill.

Texas APME Awards

Mark Rosenberg, The Victoria Advocate, won first place in feature writing from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.

Texas APME Awards

Brandon Lingle, San Antonio Express-News, won first place in business reporting from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.

Livingston Award Finalist

Eileen Grench, The City, is a 2021 Livingston Award finalist for excellence in local reporting for “Education, iPads, and Child Welfare Workers in the Age of Covid.”

Livingston Award Finalist

Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor, is a 2021 Livingston Award finalist for excellence in local reporting for “Defenseless: Investigating the Only State Without Public Defenders.”

Illinois Press Association Awards

DeAsia Sutgrey, Belleville News-Democrat, received a first-place award for community service from the Illinois Press Association for her coverage of how regional government and elected officials failed to correct years of ongoing flooding and sewage system problems.

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

Michelle Liu, Associated Press, won the Shorenstein Center’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for her contribution to Mississippi Today’s investigation into the state’s penal system, “Think debtors prisons are a thing of the past? Not in Mississippi.”

National Press Foundation Poverty and Inequality Awards

Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Mountain State Spotlight, won the National Press Foundation’s Poverty and Inequality award for best reporting from a small newsroom for her story, “School’s back, but hunger persists. West Virginia still struggles to feed its neediest kids, especially remote learners.”

Sacramento Press Club Awards

Kim Bojórquez, Sacramento Bee, won the Sacramento Press Club Award for best Spanish-language reporting for her stories “Latinos de la Generación Z votan en California” (Gen Z Latinos vote in California) and “Estos Latinos de California quieren votar por Trump en 2020” (These Latinos from California want to vote for Trump in 2020).

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Alejandra Martinez, KERA and The Texas Newsroom, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of “Shingle Mountain,” a monstrous 100-foot-tall pile of waste dumped in a community of color.

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Dominic Walsh, Texas Public Radio, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation for his contribution to “There Are Millions of Latino Voters — But No Latino Vote.” 

Alaska Press Club Awards

Erin McKinstry, KCAW, won first place for best reporting on government or politics from the Alaska Press Club for “Tongass ‘Roadless Rule’ exemption leaves subsistence users feeling left behind.”

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Mallory Falk, Texas News Hub, based in KERA, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her news series,  “The Asylum Trap: Stories From Migrants Forced To Wait In Mexico While Seeking Asylum.”

California Journalism Awards

Amanda Ulrich, The Desert Sun, won first place for in-depth reporting from the California News Publishers Association for her contributions to a series on a “Tribe’s plans to build one of the largest prisons in the US.”

National Awards for Education Reporting

Becky Dernbach, Sahan Journal, was a finalist for the Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting for her beat coverage of  “Education in Minnesota’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities.”

California Journalism Awards

ChrisAnna Mink, The Modesto Bee, won first place for best health reporting coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic from the California News Publishers Association for “Los Banos woman survived COVID-19 thanks to doctors she never met in person.”

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Lucia Starbuck, KUNR Public Radio, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the hard news category for her contribution to ” Trump Energizes Base, Attacks Democrats During Nevada Campaign Stop.”

NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards

Manny Ramos, Chicago Sun-Times, won first place in business reporting  from the National Association of Black Journalists for “Why tearing down Englewood to save it hasn’t worked.”

Michigan Press Photographers Awards

KT Kanazawich, Flint Beat, received honorable mention from the Michigan Press Photographers Association in the COVID-19 experience category for a photo of a Flint resident who was dealing with long-term symptoms from COVID-19. 

Top Ten Military Veterans in Journalism

Chris Jones, 100 Days in Appalachia, was named among 2020’s top ten veterans in journalism by Military Veterans in Journalism for “Who watches the polls? WV election officials dismiss federal concerns over threat of domestic extremism.”

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Eve Zuckoff, CAI, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in diversity, equity and inclusion for her contributions to the station’s reporting, “Covering Race and Systemic Racism on Cape Cod, the Islands, and the South Coast.”  

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Keren Carrión, KERA and The Texas Newsroom, won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in video for her piece,  “A Quinceañera Shares How The Pandemic Changed Her Big Day.”

SPJ Northern California Excellence in Journalism Awards

Jackie Botts, CalMatters, was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California for explanatory journalism for her contributions to “Close Quarters: California’s overcrowded homes fuel spread of coronavirus among workers.”

Minnesota Monthly: Champions of Change in Minnesota

Jaida Grey Eagle, Sahan Journal, was honored by Minnesota Monthly as one of 22 Champions of Change for her photojournalism, including documenting the perspectives of immigrant businesspeople.

Wyoming Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest

Jessi Dodge, Buffalo Bulletin, won first place portrait from the Wyoming Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for her portrait of “Father Halloween.”

SPJ Northern California Excellence in Journalism Awards

Laurence Du Sault, Mercury News, was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California for investigative reporting for her contribution to “California’s Criminal Cops” series, “This Central Valley police chief forced an officer to remodel his home; now he’s California’s latest criminal cop.

Mental Health Advocates of Western NY Advocacy Award

Camalot Todd, Spectrum News Buffalo, was recognized by the Mental Health Advocates of Western New York for her #IAm1in5 series, a four-part television series highlighting how stigma is a barrier to mental health care.

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Alexandra WattsWFAE, won first place news series from the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, for her Mississippi Public Broadcasting report: “It just keeps getting worse, Delta flooding still a concern.”

Maine Press Association Awards

Samantha Hogan, Maine Monitor, won 11 awards from the Maine Press Association, including six first-place honors, like best investigative story for her reporting on the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.

Public Media Journalists Association Awards

Eve Zuckoff, WCAI, won first place sports feature from the Public Media Journalists Association for “Racing against climate change: Falmouth Road Racers feeling the heat.”

Idaho Press Club Awards

Megan Taros, Arizona Republic, won first place in religion reporting in the Best of Idaho Press Club Awards for her Times-News article, “Holy Night: How an Idaho church is adapting to a growing demographic.”

2020 Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellow

Lucia Starbuck, KUNR Public Radio, was named the 2020 Jacque I. Minnotte Health Reporting Fellow by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation. This fellowship recognizes excellence in health or medical television and radio reporting.

 

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