2009 National Awards for Education Reporting
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2010 -- The Education Writers Association (EWA), the national professional association of education reporters and writers, today announced the winners of the 2009 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing. The annual contest honors the best education reporting in the print and broadcast media and is the only independent contest of its kind in the United States. Contest entries were limited to stories published or broadcast for the first time during the 2009 school calendar year.
A total of 334 entries were judged in this year's contest. First Prize winners receive a cash prize of $150 and a plaque. Winners of Second Prizes and Special Citations receive certificates. The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting includes an award of $1,000 and a plaque, and will be presented to the best of the First Prize winners. EWA also honors reporters who have done the best overall Beat Reporting in both small and large media and markets. Prizes, including the announcement of the Grand Prize, will be given at the awards luncheon Saturday, May 15 during the Education Writers Association's 63rd National Seminar being held in San Francisco, California at the Hotel Kabuki.
Contest judging was conducted independently, under the direction of Chief Judge Adrianne Flynn of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. This year's panel of distinguished judges were Sandy Banisky of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Patrick Boyle of Youth Today; Tamara Henry of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Eric Kelderman of the Chronicle of Higher Education; Susan Kopen of WBAL; Howard Libet, of Center Maryland; Ylan Mui of the Washington Post; Deb Nelson of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism; Frank Quine of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; and Molly Rath of Baltimore Public Schools.
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story "Failing Our Athletes: The Sad State of Sports in Boston Public
IA. Small Media - Breaking or Hard News
First Prize Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph-"Tackling Bus Challenges"
Second Prize Rena Havner Philips, Press- Register- "Systems Get Report Cards"
IB. Small Media - Feature, News Feature or Issue Package
First Prize Chelsi Moy and Kurt Wilson, Missoulian-"Recruiting on the Rez: UM Appeals Directly to American Indian Students"
Second Prize Kaustuv Basu, Florida Today- "Boldly, Scholar Aims to Change Homeland"
Special Citations Beth Slovic, Willamette Week- "Cheerless"
Helen Zelon and Karen Loew, City Limits-"The Education Business: Teachers Missing at the Top"
IC. Small Media--Series or Group of Articles
First Prize Beth McMurtrie, Mara Hvistendahl, David McNeill, Jeffrey Brainard and Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education-"Asia Rising/America Falling"
Second Prize Amanda Paulson and Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Christian Science Monitor-"What Makes a Teacher Good"
Special Citation Mary Wiltenburg, Christian Science Monitor -"Little Bill Clinton: A School Year in the Life of a New American”
ID. Small Media - Investigative Reporting
First Prize Ryan Gabrielson and Michelle Reese, East Valley Tribune –“Rigged Privilege"
IE. Small Media - Opinion
First Prize Patricia Calhoun, Westword-"School Daze"
Second Prize Julie Mack, Kalamazoo Gazette-"MEA Cooks Health-Care Numbers to Boiling Point"
IIA. Large Media -Breaking or Hard News
IIB. Large Media --Feature, News Feature or Issue Package
First Prize Daniel de Vise and Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post- "Poor Neighborhoods, Untested Teachers"
Second Prize Jill Tucker and Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle -"Eyes on the Prize"
Special Citations Tom Marshall, St. Petersburg Times-"Doctors in Exile"
Bill Turque, Washington Post- “Two Years of Hard Lessons for DC Schools”
IIC. Large Media --Series or Group of Articles
First Prize Bob Hohler, Boston Globe -“Failing Our Athletes: The Sad State of Sports in Boston Public Schools”
Second Prize (tie) Kathleen McGrory, Miami Herald-“School on the Brink”
Sarah Carr, Times-Picayune -“The Challenge of Choice”
Special Citation Eleanor Chute, Bill Schackner and Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-“Do the Math”
II. D Large Media --Investigative Reporting
First Prize Blake Morrison, Peter Eisler, Anthony DeBarros and Elizabeth Weise, USA Today- "Trouble on the Tray"
Second Prize (tie) Jodi Cohen, Stacy St. Clair and Tara Malone, Chicago Tribune-“Clout Goes to College"
Jason Song, Jason Felch, Jessica Garrison, Julie Marquis and Beth Shuster, Los Angeles Times-“Failure Gets a Pass"
IIE. Large Media--Opinion
First Prize Susan A. Nielsen, Oregonian- “Oregon Schools”
Second Prize Kate N. Grossman, Chicago Sun-Times- "A Powerful Voice for Better Schools"
Special Citations Linda Fandel, Des Moines Register-"World-class Schools for Iowa? (Year Two)"
Charles McGrath, New York Times- “Book Reviews”
First Prize Christopher Powers, Mary Ann Zehr, Chienyi Hung, Mark W. Bomster and Charlie Borst, Education Week-"Quality Counts 2009 - Portrait of a Population, Student Profiles"
Second Prize Deborah Becker and Monica Brady Myerov, WBUR -“Project Dropouts”
Special Citation Robin Wilson, Audrey Williams June, Jeffrey Brainard and Brock Read, The Chronicle of Higher Education-"Special Report: Adjuncts"
First Prize Elizabeth Green, Philissa Cramer, Maura Walz, Anna Phillips, Gotham Schools.org -"Gotham Schools"
Second Prize Betsy Hammond, Kimberly Melton, Wendy Owen, Bill Graves and Melissa Navas, Oregonian-“Chalk It Up”
Special Citation Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson, Newsweek.com- “NurtureShock”
IVA. Small Media- Beat Reporting
First Prize Scott Jaschik, Doug Lederman, and Stephanie Lee, Inside Higher Ed-“Evaluating the Rankings”
Second Prize Scott Stephens, Catalyst Ohio-“Stephens Education Reporting”
Special Citation Emily Alpert, voiceofsandiego.org- “A Year in San Diego Schools”
IVB. Large Media- Beat Reporting
First Prize Libby Quaid, Associated Press -"First Years in Office"
Second Prize (tie) Katherine Leal Unmuth, Dallas Morning News-" Katherine Unmuth Beat Reporting"
Justin Pope, Associated Press-" The National Higher Education Beat: Policy and People"
Special Citations Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-" Bill Schackner's Beat Portfolio"s
Jennifer Medina, New York Times-“Covering New York City Schools”
First Prize Drew Lindsay, The Washingtonian -"Success Factory"
Second Prize (tie) Anya Kamenetz, Fast Company-"Who Needs Harvard?"
Camille Esch, Washington Monthly-"Higher Ed's Bermuda Triangle"
VI. Special Interest, Institutional and Trade Publications
First Prize Sarah Karp, John Myers, Linda Lenz, Veronica Anderson and Lorraine Forte, Catalyst-Chicago-"Reaching Black Boys"
Special Citations Lucy Hood, Harvard Education Letter -"Platooning"
David McKay Wilson, Harvard Education Letter - "The Invisible Hand in Education Policy"
Karin Chenoweth, American Educator- “Piece by Piece: How Schools Solved the Achievement Puzzle and Soared”
VIIA. Television - Hard News and Investigative
First Prize Keli Rabon and Jim O’Donnell, WREG -"Failure to Report"
Second Prize Kathleen Johnston, CNN -"CNN Newsroom: Foreign Exchange Students"
VIIB. Television--Documentary and Feature
First Prize John Merrow, David Wald, Jane Renaud, Cat McGrath, Valerie Visconti and Tania McKeown, Learning Matters -“Leadership: A Challenging Course”
Second Prize Mark Fainaru-Wada, Vince Doria, Craig T. Lazarus, Dwayne Bray, Tim Hays and Nicole Noren, ESPN.-“ESPN's Outside the Lines: Physical Education and Childhood Obesity”
Special Citation John Larson and Karen Foshay, KCET/SoCal Connected -“Is Anybody Listening?”
VII. Radio or Podcasts
First Prize Deborah Becker and Monica Brady Myerov, WBUR -"Project Dropouts"
Second Prize Beth Fertig, WNYC Radio -"Adding it UP"
Special Citations Jes Burns, Angela Kellner, Rachael McDonald, Tiffany Eckert, Mike Van Meter, John Frohnmayer and Tripp Sommer, KLCC -"Special Issues: Education"
Amy Scott, Sharona Coutts, Tom Detzel and Paddy Hirsch, Marketplace and ProPublica- “Allegations of Enrollment Abuses at University of Phoenix”
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