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Announcing the 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award winners



Lauren Rochester, SPJ Director of Awards, 317.927.8000 ext. 210, awards@spj.org
Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317.927.8000 ext. 205, cdigangi@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists gladly recognizes the recipients of the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize exceptional professional journalism produced in 2012.

Judges selected 84 honorees from nearly 1,700 submissions. Entries included selections from television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932, when the Society honored six individuals for their contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939 as the Distinguished Service Awards.

Prominent veteran journalists serve as SDX Awards judges. Judges may withhold an award if they determine no entry merits recognition, and any categories not listed below have no winner.

Links to the winning works are provided on the Sigma Delta Chi Awards section of spj.org.

Contact Director of Awards Lauren Rochester with any questions: awards@spj.org and 317.927.8000 ext. 210.

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.

2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Superstorm Sandy — Staff
The Wall Street Journal

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
Superstorm Sandy at the Jersey Shore — Staff
Asbury Park Press

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)
Former soldier held in deaths — Mark Collette
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Death Trap — Michael E. Miller
Miami New Times

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Zero Day — Robert O'Harrow, Jr
The Washington Post

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
Storm of Money — Tony Bartelme
The Post and Courier

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)
The atrocity of forced, live organ harvesting in China — Matthew Robertson
The Epoch Times

Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Exclusive Interview With Hamas — Larry Cohler-Esses

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Prognosis: Profits — Ames Alexander, Karen Garloch, Joseph Neff and David Raynor
The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
Cash Crop — Marc Perrusquia and Grant Smith
The Commercial Appeal

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)
No Small Thing — Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Poughkeepsie Journal

Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Exposing sex abuse in the Orthodox community — Paul Berger

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Never Let Go — Kelley Benham
Tampa Bay Times

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
Tempest in My Soul — Joan Garrett
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)
12-14-12 — Staff
The News-Times

Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
The Battle of Remington Lane — Terrence McCoy
Houston Press

Washington Correspondence
Capitol Assets — David S. Fallis, Scott Higham, Kimberly Kindy and Dan Keating
The Washington Post

Foreign Correspondence
Honduras — Alberto Arce
The Associated Press

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Forensic Science — Spencer S. Hsu
The Washington Post

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
Children in peril — Marisa Kwiatkowski
The Times of Northwest Indiana

Public Service Journalism Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)
Making a difference in the life of Every Child — Staff
Springfield News-Leader

Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)
Fire and failure: the Waldo Canyon tragedy — Pam Zubeck
Colorado Springs Independent

General Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Jim Dwyer
The New York Times

General Column Writing (Daily circ. 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
Steve Matrazzo
The Dundalk Eagle

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Tom Archdeacon
Dayton Daily News

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
Matt Calkins
The Columbian

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Tom Condon, Maura Casey, Henry McNulty and Robert K. Schrepf
The Hartford Courant

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
War on coal — Jamie Lucke
Lexington Herald-Leader

Magazine Writing (National Circulation)
The Yankee Comandante — David Grann
The New Yorker

Magazine Writing (Regional/Local Circulation)
New York vs. Boston: The End Game — Neil Swidey
The Boston Globe Magazine

Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)
Duping the Donors — David Evans
Bloomberg Markets

Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
Crime, No Punishment — Lilly Rockwell
Florida Trend

Public Service in Magazine Journalism (National Circulation)
Danger on Your Dinner Plate — Stephanie Armour, John Lippert and Michael Smith
Bloomberg Markets

Public Service in Magazine Journalism (Regional/Local Circulation)
Life On the List — Emily DePrang
The Texas Observer

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine
Death at a Birthday Party — Michael DeMocker
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)
Tropical Storm Debby — Brad McClenny
The Gainesville Sun

Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation of 100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine
Beyond 7 Billion — Rick Loomis
Los Angeles Times

Feature Photography (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)
Tom Douglas — Marcus Donner
Puget Sound Business Journal

Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation of 100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine
Gift of Gabby — Peter Read Miller
Sports Illustrated

Sports Photography (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)
Saturday Bloody Saturday — Doug Finger
The Gainesville Sun

Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation of 100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine
Conventional Wisdom — Don Morris, Lee Glynn, Steve Madden and Darla Cameron
Tampa Bay Times

Informational Graphics (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)
Tragedy on I-75 — Staff
The Gainesville Sun

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation of 100,001+) or Affiliated Website/National Magazine
Scott Stantis
Chicago Tribune

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Cir. 1-100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication)
Phil Hands
Wisconsin State Journal

Breaking News Reporting (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)
Los Angeles VA Has Made Millions on Rental Deals — Ina Jaffe, Quinn O’Toole and Steven Drummond

Feature Reporting (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)
The weight of the city's violence, on one school principal — Linda Lutton, Cate Cahan and Sally Eisele
WBEZ Chicago Public Media

Feature Reporting (Market 101+)
My Cancer — Lance Orozco

Investigative Reporting (Market 101+)
Naming the Fralin — Sandy Hausman
WVTF and Radio IQ

Investigative Reporting (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)
Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear ‘Crushed Like A Beer Can’ — John Ryan and Jim Gates

Documentaries (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)
As Black as We Wish to Be — Lu Olkowski, Laura Spero, Taki Telonidis and Al Letson
NPR's State of the Re:Union distributed by PRX

Documentaries (Market 101+)
Winds of Change — Pat Duggins, Ryan Vasquez, Maggie Martin and Stan Ingold
Alabama Public Radio

Public Service in Radio Journalism (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)
If it's legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life — KPLU News Staff
KPLU Public Radio

Public Service in Radio Journalism (Market 101+)
State struggled at fire prevention ahead of Manorville blaze — Charles Lane and Naomi Starobin
WSHU Public Radio

Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Hurricane Sandy — Staff
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)
Chardon School Shooting —Staff

Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)
Hubig's Pie Factory Fire — Travers Mackel, Bryan McCann, Keith Bliven and Jonathan Shelley

Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, “On The Road” — Steve Hartman and Miles Doran
CBS Evening News

Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)
Ali's Guiding Lights— Joe Fryer, Matt Mrozinski, Pete Cassam and Eric Wold

Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)
Who Are Those Guys? — Eric Hanson and Glen Biermann

Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Crossing the Line at the Border— John Larson, John Carlos Frey, Brian Epstein and Marc Rosenwasser
Need to Know/WNET in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute

Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)
Critical Delays: Dallas County’s Response to the West Nile Epidemic — Scott Friedman, Eva Parks, Peter Hull and Shane Allen

Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)
Got Guardrails — Jordan Williams, Israel Alfaro and Jenny Martinez

Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Semper Fi: Always Faithful — Staff

Documentaries (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)
Heat and Harvest — Mark Schapiro, Serene Fang, Gabriela Quiros and Craig Miller
KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting

Documentaries (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)
Disappearing Defenses — John Snell and Paul Rodgers

Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America — Renata Simone

Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)
Guessing Pensions: San Jose's Fuzzy Math — Jenna Susko, Julie Putnam and Mark Villarreal

Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station: 50+ market)
Newtok: Village on the Edge — Rhonda McBride and Eric Sowl
KTUU-TV, Channel 2-Anchorage

Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
The Ugly Side of the U.S. Oil and Gas Boom — Brian Hansen
The McGraw-Hill Companies/Platts

Research About Journalism
Out of the News: Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis — Celia Viggo Wexler

Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
All Clear: CSU Fullerton Lockdown Lifted — Olsen Ebright, Melissa Pamer, Samantha Tata and Vikki Vargas
NBC4 Southern California

Deadline Reporting (Independent)
SCOTUSblog’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act —Staff

Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
Mass Shootings Coverage — Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen and Deanna Pan
Mother Jones

Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Hard Labor — Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity

Investigative Reporting (Affiliated)
Big Sky, Big Money — Staff
WGBH/FRONTLINE, ProPublica and Marketplace

Investigative Reporting (Independent)
Skin & Bone: The Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts — International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Center for Public Integrity

Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated)
Beef's Raw Edges — Mike McGraw and Alan Bavley
Kansas City Star

Public Service in Online Journalism (Independent)
Mystery in the Fields — Sasha Chavkin, Anna Barry-Jester and Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity

Online Column Writing (Affiliated)
Chrystia Freeland

Online Column Writing (Independent)
Technology in the First Person — Bianca Bosker
The Huffington Post

Digital Audio
Taken For a Ride in Jerusalem — Daniel Estrin
Tablet Magazine

Digital Video
Fertile Ground — Thanh Tan, Emily Ramshaw and Justin Dehn
Texas Tribune

Audio Slide Show
Suburban junkies
Center for Investigative Reporting, KQED and independent reporters and producers

Specialized Journalism Site
Black Gold Boom — Todd Melby, Prairie Public, Zeega and AIR


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