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Announcing winners of the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for journalism


For Immediate Release

Lauren Rochester, Awards Coordinator, (317) 927-8000 ext. 210,
Andrew M. Scott, Communications Coordinator, (317) 927-8000 ext. 215,

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce recipients of the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

Judges chose the winners from over 1,400 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2010.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

The awards banquet will be Sept. 24 in New Orleans during the joint SPJ-RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference.

Click here to review the winners’ work in each category.

For more information contact Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or at lrochester@spj.org.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well- informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.

2010 Sigma Delta Chi Winners:

Newspaper/Wire Services
Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Haiti - Another Cruel Blow - Then Desperation - by Staffs, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Historic floodwaters swamp Rhode Island - by Tom Mooney with team, The Providence Journal.

Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Pacific Capital Bancorp's rescue - by Marlize van Romburgh, Stephen Nellis, Henry Dubroff and Tony Biasotti, Pacific Coast Business Times.

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Behind the Philadelphia Housing Authority - by Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman and Catherine Lucey, Philadelphia Daily News.

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Out of reach: The rural health care gap - by David Wahlberg , Wisconsin State Journal.

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Domestic violence in the Tri-Cities - by Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald.

Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
The Billion Dollar Boondoggle - by Ralph Cipriano, Philadelphia City Paper.

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Breach of Faith - by Ruben Vives, Jeff Gottlieb and Staff, Los Angeles Times.

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Florida's Insurance Nightmare - by Paige St. John, Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Gambling on Growth - by Kirsti Marohn and Britt Johnsen, St. Cloud Times.

Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Children held down - by Emily Parkhurst, The (Maine) Forecaster.

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Paco's 2nd Round: How a boxer's death gave life to 5 others - by Mark Kram, Philadelphia Daily News.

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Central Falls: What It Takes- by Jennifer D. Jordan, Tom Mooney, Tatiana Pina and Karen Lee Ziner, The Providence Journal.

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Return of the Wolf - by Daniel Person and Michael Gibney, Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Reporting)
Spreading Her Wings - by Patricia Calhoun, Westword.

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
The 'D' Diaries- by Jeff Gerritt, Detroit Free Press.

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
McConnell's Mood Swings - by Larry Keeling, Lexington Herald-Leader.

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 1-50,000+)
Officer Soffredine and Grand Traverse County's "blue wall" - by Mike Tyree and David Miller, Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Editorial Writing (Non-Daily Publication)
100 Years In The Making - by Neil McLaughlin, Modern Healthcare.

Washington Correspondence (Daily Publication)
Capitol Hill - by Eric Lipton, The New York Times.

Washington Correspondence (Non-Daily Publication)
No Award.

Foreign Correspondence (Daily Publication)
Another Cruel Blow - On The Ground in Haiti - by Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald.

Foreign Correspondence (Non-Daily Publication)
Money and Influence Peddling at the Vatican - by Jason Berry, National Catholic Reporter/The Investigative Fund.

General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
Dan Barry, The New York Times.

General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Mark J. Prendergast, Stars and Stripes.

General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Jim Kenyon, Valley News.

General Column Writing (Non-Daily Publication)
Chuck Strouse, Miami New Times.

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal.

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Scott Michaux, The Augusta Chronicle.

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
No Award.

Sports Column Writing (Non-Daily Publication)
No Award.

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
Top Secret America - by Dana Priest, William M. Arkin, The Washington Post.

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Dr. Bradley – by Cris Barrish, Dan Shortridge, Esteban Parra and Sean O'Sullivan, The (Wilmington) News Journal.

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
The River's Reach - by Ashley Fielding & Sara Guevara, The (Gainesville, Ga.) Times.

Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)
Medicating the Military - by Brendan McGarry, Andrew Tilghman and Karen Jowers , Military Times/Gannett Government Media.

Magazine Writing (National Circulation)
Are Charities Spying on You? - by Anne Kadet, SmartMoney.

Magazine Writing (Regional/Local Circulation)
The Long, Strange, Twisting Case of Frances Carriere’s Murder - by Charles P. Pierce, The Boston Globe Magazine.

Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)
Food and supplement safety - by Staff, Consumer Reports Magazine.

Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
Risky Play: Was New York City's Shift To Artificial Grass A $300 Million Mistake? - by Patrick Arden, Adi Talwar, Jarrett Murphy and Anthony Smyrski, City Limits.

Public Service in Magazine Journalism (National Circulation)
Still Waiting After All These Years... - by Ralph Blumenthal, Marie Claire.

Public Service in Magazine Journalism (Regional/Local Circulation)
Unwanted - by Natasha Gardner, 5280.

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine
Haiti Earthquake - by Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times.

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 50,001-100,000 or Online Independent)
Surrender - by Calvin Knight , The (Lakeland, Fla.) Ledger.

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-50,000 or Regional Magazine)
Extrication - by Al Malpa, The (Willimantic, Conn.) Chronicle.

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)
Stephanie McMillan, Sun-Sentinel/Los Angeles Times.

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 50,001-100,000 or Online Independent)
Dwayne Booth (Mr. Fish), Truthdig.

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 1-50,000 or Regional Magazine)
Mike Lester, Rome News Tribune.

Editorial Cartooning (Non-Daily Publication)
Ruben Bolling, Universal Uclick Syndicate.

Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)
Black Hearts - by David Gilkey, NPR.

Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-50,000 or Regional Magazine)
Faces of Freedom - by Matt Marton and Larry Ruehl, SouthtownStar.

Feature Photography (Non-Daily Publication)
No Award.

Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)
Slide Rules- by Simon Bruty, Sports Illustrated.

Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)
The Hidden Life of Guns - by Todd Lindeman, Brenna Maloney and David S. Fallis, The Washington Post.

Informational Graphics (Non-Daily Publication)
Up and Down and All Around Wall Street - by Glenn Coleman, Aaron Elstein, Emily Laermer and Steve Krupinski, Crain's New York Business.

Breaking News Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Haiti's Earthquake - by Staff, CNN Radio.

Breaking News Reporting (101+ Market)
Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster - by Staff, 58-WCHS Radio News.

Investigative Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Aftershock: The Ongoing Crisis in Haiti - by Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio.

Investigative Reporting (101+ Market)
False Confession - by Bill Kelly, NET News.

Feature Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Ernie Harwell: Our Friend in the Booth - by Dan Obermuller and Gregg Caserta, WFUV.

Feature Reporting (101+ Market)
Kudzu: Friend, Foe -- or Food? - by Sandy Hausman and Connie Stevens, WVTF Public Radio.

Documentaries (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes - by Joseph Shapiro, Robert Benincasa and Susanne Reber, NPR/The Center for Public Integrity.

Documentaries (101+ Market)
The Arab World's Demographic Dilemma - by Staff, America Abroad.

Public Service in Radio Journalism (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Inside and Out - by Staff, WBEZ Chicago Public Media.

Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Chilean Mine Rescue - by Natalie Morales, Kerry Sanders and Staff, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Palm Bay Hospital Gunman - by Staff, Central Florida News 13.

Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station 51+)
Family Feud - by A.J. Lagoe, Paul Nevadomski, Ben Arnold and Katelyn Sherwood, WRIC-TV8.

Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Flying Cheap: Regional airlines cut cost of flying, at what price? - by Staffs, PBS Frontline & Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Documentaries (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Aftermath: Valdez to Venice - by Christine Dobbyn, David Aguillard and John Mubarak, KTRK-TV.

Documentaries (Small-Market Station 51+)
CSI On Trial - by Bill Kelly, Brian Seifferlein, Dennis Kellogg and Nancy Finken, NET News.

Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
The All American Canal - by Scott Pelley, Shawn Efran, Terry Manning and Catherine Herrick, CBS News 60 Minutes.

Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Land of 10,000 Stories - by Boyd Huppert, Jonathan Malat and Bill Middeke, KARE 11.

Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station 51+)
Jacob's Christmas - by Jason Lamb and Dan Carpenter, KTUU-TV.

Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
21st Century Snake Oil - by Scott Pelley and Staff , CBS News 60 Minutes.

Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Their Crime, Your Dime - by Chris Ingalls, Kellie Cheadle and Steve Douglas, KING-TV.

Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)
The Gravy Train - by Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips and Mikel Schaefer, WVUE-TV.

Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
One Nation Overweight - by CNBC Long Form Unit, CNBC.

Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Waste on the Water - by Susannah Frame, Kellie Cheadle, Steve Douglas and Doug Burgess, KING-TV.

Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station 51+)
Pandora's Bottle - by Rhonda McBride, Jonathan Hartford and Amy Modig, KTUU-TV.

Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
Staffers Say Safety at Napa State Hospital is “Snake Pit,” “Catch-22” and “Cuckoo’s Nest” All Rolled into One - by Kevin Thompson, Cal-OSHA Reporter.

Research about Journalism
Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism - by W. Joseph Campbell, American University.

Online Reporting
Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
Serial stabber arrested - by Staff, The Flint Journal/mlive.com.

Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Gene Test, Preventive Surgery Save Women's Lives - by Daniel J. DeNoon, Laura J. Martin, MD and Sean Swint, WebMD.

Digital Media Presentation (Affiliated)
Do No Harm: Hospital Care In Las Vegas - by Staff, Las Vegas Sun.

Digital Media Presentation (Independent)
Colorful But Colorblind - by School of Communication, University of Miami and Transitions, Knight Center for International Media.

Investigative Reporting (Affiliated)
Veteran Deaths Series - by Aaron Glantz, Tasneem Raja, Adithya Sambamurthy, The Bay Citizen/New America Media.

Investigative Reporting (Independent)
Brain Wars: How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded - by T. Christian Miller with Daniel Zwerdling, ProPublica/NPR.

Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
Deep-sea mysteries - by John D. Sutter, CNN.com.

Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Fact-Checking Deceptive Claims About the Federal Health Care Legislation - by Staff, FactCheck.org.

Online Column Writing (Affiliated)
Donna Terek, The Detroit News.

Online Column Writing (Independent)
Walter Shapiro, Politics Daily.

Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated)
Top Secret America - by Staff, The Washington Post.

Public Service in Online Journalism (Independent)
Dialysis: High Costs and Hidden Perils of a Treatment Guaranteed to All - by Robin Fields, ProPublica.

Specialized Journalism Site
Downstream - by Staff and journalists, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


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