2018 Honorees
Rules/EligibilityCategoriesReception2018 Honorees
Sigma Delta Chi Awards
General Info

2018 Winners
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners
2013 Winners
2012 Winners
2011 Winners
2010 Winners
2009 Winners
2008 Winners
2007 Winners
2006 Winners
2005 Winners
2004 Winners
2003 Winners
2002 Winners
2001 Winners
2000 Winners
1999 Winners
1997 Winners
1996 Winners

All Awards
Sigma Delta Chi
Mark of Excellence
New America Award
Foundation Awards

Contact Matthew Kent.

Awards & Honors Committee

Sue Kopen Katcef, chair
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
Bio (click to expand) picture Sue Kopen Katcef is an award winning reporter who's currently the Broadcast Bureau Director for the Capital News Service operated by the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Sue has been a member of SPJ since 1974 (when it was still Sigma Delta Chi) while a student at the University of Maryland. She is a past president of the Maryland Pro Chapter and a former long-time board member of the Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. She has previously served on the SPJ national board as a campus adviser at-large and is currently SPJ's National Vice President of Campus Chapter Affairs. Sue has served on SPJ's Awards & Honors Committee for a number of years. As chair of the committee, Sue led the panel in what is now an on-going review of both the MOE and SDX awards to try and contemporize both contests. Sue has submitted MOE entries (on behalf of her students) as well as judged and coordinated (regionally) the Mark of Excellence contest and served as a judge for many years of the Sigma Delta Chi contest.

Andy Schotz, vice chair

2005 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

Newspaper/Wire | Magazines | Art/Graphics | Radio | Television | Newsletters | Research | Online

Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“The Lefkow Killings,” Staff of the Chicago-Sun Times, Chicago, Ill.

Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
No award presented

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“On Their Own,” Liz Bowie and Andre Chung of The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md.

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“The Speculators,” Mark Flatten, Emily Gersema and Craig Anderson of the East Valley Tribune, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Investigative Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Toxic Legacy,” Staff of The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

Investigative Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Crime and Science: The Weight of Evidence,” Phoebe Zerwick of the Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Feature Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Anatomy of an Accident,” Jeff Kunerth of the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Fla.

Feature Writing (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Inner Woman Emerges,” Danielle Deaver of the Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Editorial Writing
“Oregon’s Forgotten Hospital,” Rick Attig and Doug Bates of The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Washington Correspondence
“Discharged and Dishonored,” Chris Adams and Alison Young of Knight Ridder, Washington, D.C.

Foreign Correspondence
“Rule by Law,” Joseph Kahn and Jim Yardley of The New York Times, New York, N.Y.

General Column Writing
“Portfolio,” Steve Duin of The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Sports Column Writing
“Sports Columns,” Tim Dahlberg of The Associated Press, New York, N.Y.

Public Service Circulation (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Guardians for Profit,” Staff of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.

Public Service Circulation (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Brothers Keeper: West Virginia’s Mental Health Crisis,” Staff of The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, W. Va.

[ Back to Top ]


Magazine Writing
“Family Vacation,” Michael Leahy of The Washington Post Magazine, Washington, D.C.

Public Service in Magazine Journalism
“Poverty, Race and Katrina,” Staff of Newsweek, New York, N.Y.

Magazine Investigative Reporting
“America’s Interrogation of Terrorists,” Staff of TIME Magazine, New York, N.Y.

[ Back to Top ]


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

Photography Features
“Born to Die,” Karen Pulfer Focht of The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

Photography Sports
“Dumped,” Dan Hubbell of Sports Illustrated, New York, N.Y.

Photo Illustration
“The Omnipresent Damon,” Bruce Ely of The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Editorial Cartooning
“2005 Cartoons,” Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Ga.

Informational Graphics
“Change at the Vatican,” Staff of the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.

[ Back to Top ]


Breaking News Reporting
“Hurricane Katrina,” Staff of CBS Radio News, New York, N.Y.

Investigative Reporting
“Juvenile Detention Center Conditions Through the Eyes of Youth,” Linda Paul, Cate Cahan and Sonari Glinton of Chicago Public Radio/WBEZ-FM, Chicago, Ill.

Feature Reporting
“The Lord God Bird,” Dan Collison, Elizabeth Meister and Sufjan Stevens of Long Haul Productions/Chicago Public Radio, Three Oaks, Mich., and Chicago, Ill.

“Countdown Discovery,” Pat Duggins, Judith Smelser and Richard Paul of WMFE-FM, Orlando, Fla.

Public Service in Radio Journalism
“Feet in Two Worlds: Immigrants in a Global City,” WNYC, New York Public Radio; Minnesota Public Radio, The Center for New York City Affairs at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy; John Rudolph, New York, N.Y.

[ Back to Top ]


Breaking News Coverage (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“After Katrina: A Disaster Unfolds,” Staff of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, New York, N.Y.

Breaking News Coverage (all other markets)
No award presented

Investigative Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Trouble on the Tarmac,” Susannah Frame, Eric Olson and Kellie Cheadle of KING-TV, Seattle, Wash.

Investigative Reporting (all other markets)
“Charter School Investigations,” Jeff Hirsh, Jeff Barnhill, Eric Gerhardt and Dan Hurley of WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Feature Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“A Lesson Before Dying,” Steve Robinson, Mark Nelson, Elizabeth Cohen and Jennifer Pifer of CNN, Atlanta, Ga.

Feature Reporting (all other markets)
“Domestic Violence: When Love Hurts,” Juri Tatsuuma, Eric Leeds and Paul Simone of News 12 Westchester, Yonkers, N.Y.

Documentaries (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Rescued from the Shadows,” Staff of 48 Hours, New York, N.Y.

Documentaries (all other markets)
“Making Schools Work,” Hedrick Smith, Rick Young and Sarah Colt of South Carolina Educational Television, Columbia, S.C.

Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Wednesday’s Child,” Staff of KTTV FOX 11, Los Angeles, Calif.

Public Service in Television Journalism (all other markets)
“The Troubled Ten,” Staff of WBTV, Charlotte, N.C.

[ Back to Top ]


Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
“Impostors could be targeting hospitals,” Staff of Thomson American Health Consultants, Atlanta, Ga.

[ Back to Top ]


Research about Journalism
“Accuracy Matters,” Scott R. Maier of the University of Oregon and Philip Meyer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eugene, Ore., and Chapel Hill, N.C.

[ Back to Top ]

Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Joseph P. Smith Trial Coverage,” Staff of, Sarasota, Fla.

Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Scientists in Desperate Race with Bird Flu,” Daniel DeNoon, Sean Swint and Brunilda Nazario of WebMD, Atlanta, Ga.

Non-Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Final Salute,” Forrest Stewart, Sonya Doctorian, Todd Heisler and Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo.

Non-Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Anorexia: Crossing the Thin Line,” Jayne Garrison, Gina Shaw, Charlotte Grayson and Marjorie Martin of WebMD, Atlanta, Ga.

Investigative Reporting (affiliated)
“Selling Drug Secrets,” Luke Timmerman, David Heath, Tracy Cutchlow and Ping Yeh of, Seattle, Wash.

Investigative Reporting (independent)
No award presented

Public Service in Online Journalism (affiliated)
“Online Coverage of Hurricane Katrina,” Staff of the Sun Herald, Gulfport, Miss.

Public Service in Online Journalism (independent)
“Well Connected to the States,” Staff, The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

[ Back to Top ]