Finalist

Rod Frazier Groping Investigation

Source: The Herald-Tribune

Manatee High Assistant Football Coach Investigated

Police Recommend Charges Against 5 in Frazier Case

Manatee High Coach Frazier Resigns

Prosecutors Charge Coach Frazier

Four Manatee District Officials Charged in Frazier Investigation

Frazier Case Sets Statewide Precedent Under New Law

A Manatee Schools Leader Falls From Grace

Judges’ Comments

“Chris Anderson and Katy Bergen have done a masterful job covering a groping scandal in Manatee County, with their investigative work not only leading to the resignation of the accused but also charges against him and four other administrators. The stories increased in clarity and depth as the investigation went deeper.”

“Chris Anderson and Katy Bergen got results. Acting on a tip, they used anonymous quotes and public records to build a case against an assistant coach that officials ultimately had to confirm. The series then documents official actions: police investigate, charges are brought, the investigation expands to include other officials and resignations follow.”

EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting.