Coaches’ Use of Homeless Athletes Draws Scrutiny
Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online (Large Staff)

2017 EWA Award Finalist Banner image Screen shot (Seattle Times)

About the Entry

A tip from a source led Claudia Rowe of The Seattle Times to discover that some high school sports officials appeared to be trying to improve their teams by gaming protections for homeless students — getting star athletes to declare themselves homeless so that they’d be able to transfer and play immediately.


Entry Credit

  • Claudia Rowe, The Seattle Times

Comments from the Judges

“This is an example of classic investigative reporting. What started as a tip about two students turned into a story about widespread exploitation of homeless high school athletes. Excellent sourcing was the cornerstone of this story. Compelling storytelling holds readers’ attention to the end.”

“Original — I had never heard of this loophole and found it extremely compelling. Great impact: In the wake of her coverage, Seattle Public Schools overhauled its methods for identifying and overseeing education of homeless youth.”