Report for America corps members are producing award-winning journalism in newsrooms across the country. These are just a few examples.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
Alexandra Watts, WFAE, 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.”
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.
David Fuchs, NPR Utah, won first place for continuing coverage from the Public Media Journalists Association for “The burden of proof: Kane County residents worry proposed frac sand mine may jeopardize aquifer.”
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.”
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.”
- Manuela Tobias, Fresno Bee, was named in the Los Angeles Times’s Best California Writing of 2020 for “Systemic racism isn’t just about police brutality — and it has a long history in Fresno.”
- Mara Abbott, Buffalo Bulletin, won first place for business reporting in the 2020 National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for her article, “Trump’s ruling dashes hopes for Wyoming uranium mines.”
- Will Wright, Caity Coyne and Molly Born, in partnership with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Charleston Gazette-Mail and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, were finalists for the 2019 Livingston Award for their collaboration on the series, “Stirring the Waters: Investigating why many in Appalachia lack reliable, clean water.”