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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

2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

Judges chose the winners from over 1,400 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2010.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

The awards banquet will take place Sept. 24 in New Orleans.

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.

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Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
Haiti - Another Cruel Blow - Then Desperation - by Staffs, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald
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Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
Historic floodwaters swamp Rhode Island - by Tom Mooney with team, The Providence Journal
Download [PDF, 5.4 MB]

Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Pacific Capital Bancorp's rescue - by Marlize van Romburgh, Stephen Nellis, Henry Dubroff, Tony Biasotti, Pacific Coast Business Times
Download [PDF, 516 KB]

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Behind the Philadelphia Housing Authority - by Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, Catherine Lucey, Philadelphia Daily News
Download [PDF, 21.6 MB]

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Out of reach: The rural health care gap - by David Wahlberg , Wisconsin State Journal
Download [PDF, 12.1 MB]

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Domestic violence in the Tri-Cities - by Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald
Download [PDF, 827 KB]

Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
The Billion Dollar Boondoggle - by Ralph Cipriano, Philadelphia City Paper
Download [PDF, 32.3 MB]

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Breach of Faith - by Ruben Vives, Jeff Gottlieb and Staff, Los Angeles Times
Download [PDF, 14.5 MB]

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Florida's Insurance Nightmare - by Paige St. John, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Download [PDF, 28.8 MB]

Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Gambling on Growth - by Kirsti Marohn, Britt Johnsen, St. Cloud Times
Download [PDF, 22.8 MB]

Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Children held down - by Emily Parkhurst, The Forecaster
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Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Paco's 2nd Round: How a boxer's death gave life to 5 others - by Mark Kram, Philadelphia Daily News
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Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Central Falls: What It Takes- by Jennifer D. Jordan, Tom Mooney, Tatiana Pina and Karen Lee Ziner, The Providence Journal
Download [PDF, 24.6 MB]

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Return of the Wolf - by Daniel Person and Michael Gibney, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Download [PDF, 18.2 MB]

Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Spreading Her Wings - by Patricia Calhoun, Westword
Download [PDF, 4.1 MB]

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
The 'D' Diaries - by Jeff Gerritt, Detroit Free Press
Download [PDF, 7.9 MB]

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
McConnell's Mood Swings - by Larry Keeling, Lexington Herald-Leader
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Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 1-50,000+)
Officer Soffredine and Grand Traverse County's "blue wall" - by Mike Tyree and David Miller, Traverse City Record-Eagle
Download [PDF, 5.1 MB]

Editorial Writing (Non-Daily Publication)
100 Years In The Making - by Neil McLaughlin, Modern Healthcare
Download [PDF, 389 KB]

Washington Correspondence (Daily Publication)
Capitol Hill - by Eric Lipton, The New York Times
Download [PDF, 9.7 MB]

Foreign Correspondence (Daily Publication)
Another Cruel Blow - On The Ground in Haiti - by Jacqueline Charles , The Miami Herald
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Foreign Correspondence (Non-Daily Publication)
Money and Influence Peddling at the Vatican - by Jason Berry, National Catholic Reporter/The Investigative Fund
Download [PDF, 13.6 MB]

General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
This Land - by Dan Barry, The New York Times
Download [PDF, 14.5 MB]

General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
The Right to Know - by Mark J. Prendergast, Stars and Stripes
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General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
Home Invasion - by Jim Kenyon, Valley News
Download [PDF, 3 MB]

General Column Writing (Non-Daily Publication)
Columns by Chuck Strouse - by Chuck Strouse, Miami New Times
Download [PDF, 4.2 MB]

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
The Couch - by Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal
Download [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Scott Michaux column compilation - by Scott Michaux, The Augusta Chronicle
Download [PDF, 8.9 MB]

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 100,000+)
Top Secret America - by Dana Priest, William M. Arkin, The Washington Post
Download [PDF, 4.6 MB]

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
Dr. Bradley - by Cris Barrish, Dan Shortridge, Esteban Parra, Sean O'Sullivan, The (Wilmington) News Journal
Download [PDF, 22.9 MB]

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
The River's Reach - by Ashley Fielding and Sara Guevara, The Times
Download [PDF, 9.7 MB]

Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)
Medicating the Military - by Brendan McGarry, Andrew Tilghman, Karen Jowers , Military Times/Gannett Government Media
Download [PDF, 1.4 MB]

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Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)
Food and supplement safety - by Staff, Consumer Reports Magazine
Download [PDF, 479 KB]

Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
Risky Play: Was New York City's Shift To Artificial Grass A $300 Million Mistake? - by Patrick Arden, Adi Talwar, Jarrett Murphy, Anthony Smyrski, City Limits
Download [PDF, 5.2 MB]

Magazine Writing (National Circulation)
Are Charities Spying on You? - by Anne Kadet, SmartMoney
Download [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Magazine Writing (Regional/Local Circulation)
The Long, Strange, Twisting Case of Frances Carriere’s Murder - by Charles P. Pierce, The Boston Globe Magazine
Download [PDF, 2.5 MB]

Public Service in Magazine Journalism (National Circulation)
Still Waiting After All These Years... - by Ralph Blumenthal, Marie Claire
Download [PDF, 7.1 MB]

Public Service in Magazine Journalism (Regional/Local Circulation)
Unwanted - by Natasha Gardner, 5280
Download [PDF, 6.1 MB]

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Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)

Haiti Earthquake - by Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 50,001-100,000 or Online Independent)

Surrender - by Calvin Knight , The Ledger

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-50,000 or Regional Magazine)

Extrication - by Al Malpa, The Chronicle

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)

Stephanie McMillan, Sun-Sentinel/Los Angeles Times

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 50,001-100,000 or Online Independent)

Cartoons by Mr. Fish - by Dwayne Booth (Mr. Fish), Truthdig

Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 1-50,000 or Regional Magazine)

Mike Lester Editorial Cartoons - by Mike Lester , Rome News Tribune

Editorial Cartooning (Non-Daily Publication)

Tom the Dancing Bug - by Ruben Bolling, Universal Uclick Syndicate

Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)

Black Hearts - by David Gilkey, NPR

Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-50,000 or Regional Magazine)

Faces of Freedom - by Matt Marton, Larry Ruehl, SouthtownStar
Download Section [PDF, 930 KB]

Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)
The Hidden Life of Guns - by Todd Lindeman, Brenna Maloney and David S. Fallis, The Washington Post
Download [PDF, 2 MB]

Informational Graphics (Non-Daily Publication)
Up and Down and All Around Wall Street - by Glenn Coleman, Aaron Elstein, Emily Laermer and Steve Krupinski , Crain's New York Business
Download [PDF, 2.9 MB]

Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine)

Slide Rules - by Photographer: Simon Bruty, Sports Illustrated

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Breaking News Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Haiti's Earthquake - by Staff, CNN Radio

Breaking News Reporting (101+ Market)
Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster - by Staff, 58-WCHS Radio News

Investigative Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
"Aftershock: The Ongoing Crisis in Haiti" - by Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio

Investigative Reporting (101+ Market)
False Confession - by Bill Kelly, NET News

Feature Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Ernie Harwell: Our Friend in the Booth - by Dan Obermuller and Gregg Caserta

Feature Reporting (101+ Market)
Kudzu: Friend, Foe — or Food? - by Sandy Hausman and Connie Stevens, WVTF Public Radio

Documentaries (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes - by Joseph Shapiro, Robert Benincasa and Susanne Reber, NPR/The Center for Public Integrity

Documentaries (101+ Market)
The Arab World's Demographic Dilemma - by Staff, America Abroad

Public Service in Radio Journalism (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
Inside and Out - by Inside and Out Reporting Team, WBEZ Chicago Public Media

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Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Palm Bay Hospital Gunman - by Staff, Central Florida News 13

Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station 51+)
Family Feud - by A.J. Lagoe, Paul Nevadomski, Ben Arnold and Katelyn Sherwood, WRIC-TV8

Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Chilean Mine Rescue - by Natalie Morales, Kerry Sanders and Staff, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

Documentaries (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Aftermath: Valdez to Venice - by Christine Dobbyn, David Aguillard and John Mubarak, KTRK-TV

Documentaries (Small-Market Station 51+)
CSI On Trial - by Bill Kelly, Brian Seifferlein, Dennis Kellogg and Nancy Finken, NET News
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Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
Flying Cheap: Regional airlines cut cost of flying, at what price? - by Staffs, PBS Frontline & Investigative Reporting Workshop
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Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Land of 10,000 Stories - by Boyd Huppert, Jonathan Malat and Bill Middeke, KARE 11
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Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station 51+)
Jacob's Christmas - by Jason Lamb and Dan Carpenter, KTUU-TV

Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
The All American Canal - by Scott Pelley, Shawn Efran, Terry Manning and Catherine Herrick, CBS News 60 Minutes
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Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Their Crime, Your Dime - by Chris Ingalls, Kellie Cheadle and Steve Douglas, KING-TV

Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)
The Gravy Train - by Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips and Mikel Schaefer, WVUE-TV

Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
21st Century Snake Oil - by Scott Pelley and Staff , CBS News 60 Minutes
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Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Waste on the Water - by Susannah Frame, Kellie Cheadle, Steve Douglas, Doug Burgess, KING-TV

Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station 51+)
Pandora's Bottle - by Rhonda McBride, Jonathan Hartford and Amy Modig, KTUU-TV

Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
One Nation Overweight - by CNBC Long Form Unit, CNBC
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Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
Staffers Say Safety at Napa State Hospital is “Snake Pit,” “Catch-22” and “Cuckoo’s Nest” All Rolled Into One - by Kevin Thompson, Cal-OSHA Reporter
Download [PDF, 686 KB]

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Research about Journalism
"Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism" - by W. Joseph Campbell, American University
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Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
Serial stabber arrested - by Staff, The Flint Journal/
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Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Gene Test, Preventive Surgery Save Women's Lives - by Daniel J. DeNoon, Laura J. Martin, MD and Sean Swint, WebMD
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Digital Media Presentation (Affiliated)
Do No Harm: Hospital Care In Las Vegas - by Las Vegas Sun Staff, Las Vegas Sun
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Digital Media Presentation (Independent)
Colorful But Colorblind - by School of Communication, University of Miami and Transitions, Knight Center for International Media
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Investigative Reporting (Affiliated)
Veteran Deaths Series - by Aaron Glantz, Tasneem Raja, Adithya Sambamurthy, The Bay Citizen/New America Media
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Investigative Reporting (Independent)
Brain Wars: How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded - by T. Christian Miller with Daniel Zwerdling, ProPublica/NPR
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
Deep-sea mysteries - by John D. Sutter,
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent)
Fact-Checking Deceptive Claims About the Federal Health Care Legislation - by Staff,
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Online Column Writing (Affiliated)
Donna's Detroit - by Donna Terek, The Detroit News
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Online Column Writing (Independent)
The Societal Costs of Our Shrill, Hyperactive and Partisan Media Culture - by Walter Shapiro, Politics Daily
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Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated)
Top Secret America - by Staff, The Washington Post
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Public Service in Online Journalism (Independent)
Dialysis: High Costs and Hidden Perils of a Treatment Guaranteed to All - by Robin Fields, ProPublica
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Specialized Journalism Site
Downstream - by Staff and journalists, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
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