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Andy Schotz, chair
Bio (click to expand) picture Andy Schotz was a city editor for The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md., for about 19 months until he was laid off on April 17, 2017.

He has been an SPJ member since 2002 and has held various positions on the Washington, D.C., Pro chapter board, including three consecutive one-year terms as president.

He served on the SPJ Ethics Committee from 2004 to 2011, including three years as chairman.

Schotz ran unsuccessfully for at-large director on the national SPJ board in 2012. The following year, he ran unopposed for Region 2 director.

He is a frequent SPJ contest judge (D.C. Pro Dateline Awards, SDX, Mark of Excellence, Green Eyeshade, high school essay) and has twice coordinated Region 2's Mark of Excellence contest.

He joined the SPJ Awards & Honors Committee in 2013 and helped work on a national survey seeking feedback about the MOE contest. He is currently the committee's chairman.

Before joining The Frederick News-Post in 2015, he was an editor at The Gazette, a chain of weekly papers, in Montgomery County, Md. He was there for almost 2 1/2 years before The Gazette folded in June 2015.

Schotz worked for eight years as a reporter and editor at The Altamont Enterprise, a weekly paper in upstate New York, then 13 years as a reporter for The Herald-Mail, a daily paper in Hagerstown, Md.

He is on the board of directors of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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