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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.

2006 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)
“A World Apart, Shattered,” Staff, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa.

Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Man charged in grisly killings,” David Hench, Gregory Kesich, Trevor Maxwell and Beth Quimby, Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Broken Ground: The Hole in the City’s Heart,” Deborah Sontag, The New York Times, New York

Non-Deadline Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Nuevo Laredo,” Sara A. Carter, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, Calif.

Investigative Reporting (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“House of Lies,” Debbie Cenziper, The Miami Herald, Miami

Investigative Reporting (circulation of less than 100,000)
“District let years of misconduct slide,” Ryan Gabrielson, East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.

Feature Writing (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“The Old Oak of Matthews.” Elizabeth Leland, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C.

Feature Writing (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Still Lisa,” Lois M. Collins and Elaine Jarvik, Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City

Editorial Writing
“California’s Dysfunctional Foster-Care System,” John Diaz, Pati Poblete and Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco

Washington Correspondence
“NSA Coverage,” Siobhan Gorman, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

Foreign Correspondence
“China’s Great Grab,” Evan Osnos, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

General Column Writing
“Column Collection,” Chris Rose, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

Sports Column Writing
“Sports Columns,” Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

Public Service Circulation (circulation of 100,000 or greater)
“Debtors’ Hell,” Boston Globe Spotlight Team, The Boston Globe, Boston

Public Service Circulation (circulation of less than 100,000)
“Enough: Dying on the streets of San Bernardino,” Staff, The Sun, San Bernardino, Calif.

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Magazine Writing
“The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman,” Mark Arax, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles

Public Service in Magazine Journalism
“Guantanamo’s Grip,” Staff, National Journal, Washington, D.C.

Magazine Investigative Reporting
“The Secret World of Modern Slavery,” Michael Smith and David Voreacos, Bloomberg Markets, New York

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Photography Spot News
“Defiance: A Settler’s Stand,” Oded Balilty, The Associated Press, New York

Photography Features
“A Mother’s Journey,” Renee C. Byer, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif.

Photography Sports
“Invincible Spirit,” Nic Bothma, EPA for Sports Illustrated, New York

Photo Illustration
No award presented

Editorial Cartooning
“2006 Cartoons,” Mike Lester, Rome News Tribune, Rome, Ga.

Informational Graphics
“Altered Oceans,” Staff, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

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Breaking News Reporting
“Middle East War,” Staff, CBS Radio News, New York

Investigative Reporting
“7.0 Ready or Not,” Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio, San Francisco

Feature Reporting
“Rockford Truancy,” Jay Field and Julia McEvoy, Chicago Public Radio, Chicago

“Flatlined: How Illinois Shortchanges Rural Students,” Todd Melby, Diane Richard and Robbie Harris, Chicago Public Radio, Chicago

Public Service in Radio Journalism
“Unclaimed,” Staff , WBBM Newsradio 780, Chicago

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Breaking News Coverage (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“West Virginia Mine Disaster,” Staff, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, New York

Breaking News Coverage (all other markets)
No award presented

Investigative Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Taxicab Deception,” Investigative Team, KNBC-TV, Burbank

Investigative Reporting (all other markets)
“Sham Dunk,” Jeff Hirsh, Eric Gerhardt and Dan Hurley, WKRC-TV, Cincinnati

Feature Reporting (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“The Shipbreakers,” Bob Simon, Michael Gavshon, Paul Bellinger and Anya Bourg, CBS News “60 Minutes,” New York

Feature Reporting (all other markets)
“Journey for Justice,” Hagit Limor, Anthony Mirones and Bob Morford, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati

Documentaries (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“In the Footsteps of Bin Laden,” Christiane Amanpour, Ken Shiffman and Cliff Hackel, CNN, Atlanta

Documentaries (all other markets)
“Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope,” Larry Mendte, Mike Henry, Jonelle Fabian and Andrea Korff, CBS 3, Philadelphia

Documentaries (all other markets)
“New Visions of Vine Street,” Laure Quinlivan, Phil Drechsler and Bob Morford, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati

Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Top 25 Markets)
“Cause for Alarm,” WTHR-TV 13 Investigates, WTHR-TV, Indianapolis

Public Service in Television Journalism (all other markets)
“Tennessee State Veterans Home,” Staff, WTVF Newschannel 5, Nashville, Tenn.

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Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
“The Sago Mine Disaster,” Staff, Mine Safety and Health News, Pittsford, N.Y.

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Research about Journalism
“The American Journalist in the 21st Century,” David H. Weaver, Randal A. Beam, Bonnie J. Brownlee, Paul S. Voakes and G. Cleveland Wilhoit, Indiana University School of Journalism, Bloomington, Ind.

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Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“Initial reports say plane made downward spiral before crash,” Leah Betancourt,, Des Moines, Iowa.

Deadline Reporting (independent)
“CDC: Everyone to get HIV test,” Daniel DeNoon, Louise Chang, M.D. and Sean Swint, WebMD, Atlanta

Non-Deadline Reporting (affiliated)
“The Lifeline,” Staff , Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

Non-Deadline Reporting (independent)
“Divine Intervention: U.S. AIDS Policy Abroad,” Staff , International Consortium of Investigative Journalists at The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

Investigative Reporting (affiliated)
“Colleges Play, Public Pays,” Mark Alesia, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

Investigative Reporting (independent)
“Affordable No More,” Andrew Donohue,, San Diego

Public Service in Online Journalism (affiliated)
“AIDS Orphans,” Staff, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Public Service in Online Journalism (independent)
“Profits vs. Patients: CR Investigates Nursing Homes,” Staff, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.

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