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SPJ Announces the 2004 Sigma Delta Chi Award Winners


Heather Porter, Assistant Director of Programs, 317/927-8000 ext. 204

Indianapolis—The Society of Professional Journalists announced today the recipients of the 2004 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

This year’s winners were chosen from more than 1,200 entries in 49 categories including print, radio, television and online.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932, when the Society first honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the organization awarded the first Distinguished Service Awards. These awards later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

The awards, which recognize work published in 2004, will be presented July 8 during the annual Sigma Delta Chi banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“Improving journalism takes more than criticizing bad practice. It also means exalting fine work. That’s what these Sigma Delta Chi Awards are all about: a celebration of quality journalism,” said Irwin Gratz, the president of the Society. “I’m looking forward to congratulating the winners, in person, this July in Washington.”

For more information about the awards presentation or this year’s recipients, contact Heather Porter at 317/927-8000 ext. 204 or hporter@spj.org.

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulation high standards of ethical behavior.

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.

2004 Sigma Delta Chi Winners

Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Church bus crash on turnpike kills 3,” Staff of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Sniper suspect captured in Las Vegas,” Staff of the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas, Nev.

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)“The Bridge,” Joseph Neff, Jay Price and Charles Crain of The News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“The China Challenge,” Craig Troianello of the Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, Wash.

Investigative Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Airport Insecurity,” Staff of the Seattle Times, Seattle, Wash.

Investigative Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Missing the target,” Michele R. Marcucci, Sean Holstege and Ian Hoffman of the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, Calif.

Feature Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Operation lion heart,” Meredith May of the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif.

Feature Writing (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Hot Dog, Ho!,” Sam Eifling of the New Times Broward/Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Editorial Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“School bus stops,” Diane Steinle of the St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Washington Correspondence
“Military Menace: Deadly Vehicles,” Lisa Zagaroli of The Detroit News, Detroit, Mich.

Foreign Correspondence
“Reporting from Latin America,” Kevin G. Hall of Knight Ridder Newspapers, Washington, D.C.

General Column Writing
“Doug Robinson Columns,” Doug Robinson of the Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sports Column Writing
“Sports Columns,” Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post, Denver, Colo.

Public Service Circulation (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“The troubles at King/Drew,” Staff of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.

Public Service Circulation (circulation of less than 100,000)
“At Fault: Inside the culture of auto insurance fraud,” Staff of The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.


Magazine Writing
“Road to Ruin,” Andrea Simakis of The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, Cleveland, Ohio.

Public Service in Magazine Journalism
“Dangerous Supplements: Still at Large,” Staff of Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.

Magazine Investigative Reporting
“Reporting series on Abu Ghraib interrogations scandal,” Staff of Newsweek, New York, N.Y.


Photography Spot News
“War Zone,” Staff of The Associated Press, New York, N.Y.

Photography Features
“Matters of Life and Death,” John Moore of The Associated Press, New York, N.Y.

Photography Sports
“Swifter, Higher, Stronger,” Wally Skalij, Robert Gauthier and Kirk McKoy of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.

Photo Illustration
“Grab Your Tent,” by Tina Burch of the Daily News of Los Angeles, Woodland, Calif.

Editorial Cartooning“2004 Editorial Cartoons,” John Sherffius, Self-Syndicated, Ballwin, Mo.

Informational Graphics
“The Olympic Games,” Staff of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.


Breaking News Reporting
“Ronald Reagan,” Staff of CBS Radio News, New York, N.Y.

Investigative Reporting“Putting Ethics on the Agenda,” Dan Gorenstein, Josh Rogers, Mark Bevis and Jon Greenberg of New Hampshire Public Radio, Concord, N.H.

Feature Reporting“For Homeless, New Hope in Health Care,” Richard Knox, Rebecca Davis and Joe Neel of National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.

“UNder Fire: The United Nations’ Battle for Relevance,” David Brancaccio, Simon Marks, Kristin McHugh and Keith Porter of The Stanley Foundation and KQED Public Radio, San Francisco, Calif.

Public Service in Radio Journalism“Trust Matters,” Staff of WFAE 90.7, Charlotte, N.C.


Breaking News Coverage (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Beslan Schools,” Elizabeth Palmer, Beth Knobel, Mimi Spillane and Patricia Shevlin of CBS Evening News, Weekend Edition, New York, N.Y.

Breaking News Coverage (all other markets)
No award presented

Investigative Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Abuse at Abu Ghraib,” Dan Rather, Mary Mapes and Dana Roberson of CBS News 60 Minutes II, New York, N.Y.

Investigative Reporting (all other markets)
“Dominican Gold Rush,” Tom Farrey, Dan Arruda, Ron Forchheimer and Vince Doria of ESPN, Bristol, Conn.

Feature Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“American Story with Bob Dotson,” Bob Dotson, Laurie Singer, Tom Touchet and Betsy Alexander of NBC News, TODAY, New York, N.Y.

Feature Reporting (all other markets)
“Courting the Rural Vote,” Rhonda McBride and Phil Walczak of KTUU-TU, Channel 2, Anchorage, Alaska.

Documentaries (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Wide Angle: Ladies First,” Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker, Deborah Shaffer and Colette Kunkel of Thirteen/WNET New York, New York, N.Y.

Documentaries (all other markets)
“Shadow of Hope,” Ken Verdoia, Nancy Green and Gary Turnier of KUED-TV, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Dateline NBC Presents: Critical Condition,” The Staff of Dateline NBC, New York, N.Y.

Public Service in Television Journalism (all other markets)
“The Bully Project,” Staff of WITI Fox 6 News, Milwaukee, Wis.


Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
No award presented


Research about Journalism“State of the News Media 2004,” Tom Rosensteil, Amy Mitchelle & The Staff of the Project for Excellence in Journalism of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, Washington, D.C.

Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Hurricane Charley,” Damon Carroll, Jon DeVries, Lucas Grindley and Brian Mohr of heraldtribune.com, Sarasota, Fla.

Deadline Reporting (independent)
No award presented

Non-Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Convention Center,” Staff of DenverPost.com, Denver, Colo.

Non-Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Broadband: Breaking the Digital Gridlock,” John Borland, Jim Hu and Michael Kanellos of CNet News.com, San Francisco, Calif.

Investigative Reporting (affiliated)
“Terror Watch,” Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball of Newsweek.com, New York, N.Y.

Investigative Reporting (independent)
“Politics of Oil,” Bob Williams, Kevin Bogardus, Aron Pilhofer and Alex Cohen of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Public Service in Online Journalism (affiliated)
“Diagnosis Cancer,” Staff of NJN Public Television and Radio of NJN Public Television and Radio, Trenton, N.J.

Public Service in Online Journalism (independent)
“Personal Politics: All too often, legislators’ private interests are hidden from public view,” Staff, The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

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