Syra Ortiz-Blanes, Miami Herald reporter and Report for America alumna, was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in the Breaking News category for its urgent yet sweeping coverage of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex, merging clear and compassionate writing with comprehensive news and accountability reporting.
2022 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Report for America partner newsroom, KUNR, won a national Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion for their Youth Media program. Alumna Lucia Starbuck served as the program's coordinator. Starbuck was also the lead reporter on KUNR's 2021 wildfire coverage, which won the Continuing Coverage category.
2022 Regional Emmy Awards— Mid-America
Kansas City PBS won two Regional Emmy Awards, including one in the Public Affairs program for its exploration of the housing crisis and homelessness in Kansas City. Corps member Catherine Hoffman was part of the team that looked at how stakeholders are coming together to form both short and long-term solutions as winter approaches.
Report for America corps members are producing award-winning journalism in newsrooms across the country. These are just a few examples of awards received in 2022-2023.
Maine Press Association
Samantha Hogan | Maine Monitor
Hogan received the Freedom of Information Award and Best Investigative Report for her investigation into eavesdropping in Maine jails. She also received Best News Story, and her story, “As families struggle to afford 15-minute phone calls from jail, Maine counties rake in millions,” won first place in Best Analysis.
Kaitlin Cough | Maine Monitor
Cough won Best Environmental Story for her reporting on the local discovery of the richest known hard rock lithium deposit in the world. Cough also won Best Business/Economics Story for her reporting on large retailers evading property taxes nationwide.
Criminal Justice Reporting
Keaton Ross | Oklahoma Watch
Ross won first place in Criminal Justice Reporting for his story, “They Don’t Vote, But They Do Count: How the Incarcerated Skew Political Representation in Oklahoma,” which investigated how “prison gerrymandering” affects political outcomes in Oklahoma.