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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.

2001 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

Deadline Reporting | Continuous Coverage | Investigative Reporting
Feature Reporting | Documentaries | Editorials | Column Writing
Journalism Research | Public Service

Deadline Reporting

Newspaper/Wire Service (circ. over 100,000)
The Associated Press

Newspaper/Wire Service (circ. under 100,000)
Mark Scolforo, Jennifer Gish, Kathy Stevens, John Bugbee and Bill Cahir
The York Dispatch/Sunday News
The Stankewicz Case

Magazine Writing
Nancy Gibbs
TIME Magazine
If You Want to Humble an Empire

Spot News — Photography
Thomas E. Franklin
The Record, Hackensack, N.J.
Firemen Flag Raising

Breaking News Reporting — Radio
WNYC Radio News Department
WNYC Radio New York
Sept. 11: A Local Radio Station Responds

Breaking News Coverage — Television (Network/Top 25)
Dateline NBC
Attack on America

Breaking News Coverage — Television (All Other Markets)
News 8 Austin
Sept. 11: Austin, Texas

Deadline Reporting — Online (Affiliated)
Tampa Bay Online
Shooting of A Tampa Police Officer

Deadline Reporting — Online (Independent)
Microsoft’s Reprieve

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Continuous Coverage

Non-Deadline Reporting — Newspaper/Wire Service (Circ. Over 100,000)
Tim Barker and Mary Shanklin
Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
One-Ticket Town: The Costs of a Tourism Economy

Non-Deadline Reporting — Newspaper/Wire Service (Circ. Under 100,000)
T.J. Sullivan
Ventura (Calif.) County Star
The Man Behind the Money Pit

Washington Correspondence
Peter G. Gosselin
Los Angeles Times
Private Prosperities, Public Breakdowns

Foreign Correspondence
This award was rescinded by the SPJ Board on May 15, 2004.

Photo Illustration
Carlos Gonzalez
San Francisco Chronicle
Circle of Friends

Informational Graphics
Staff of the Orange County (Calif.) Register
Attack on America

Non-Deadline Reporting — Online (Affiliated)
Geraldine Sealey
How We’ve Changed

Non-Deadline Reporting — Online (Independent)
Jon Markman
MSN Money
Why Enron Investors Are Running for the Exits

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Investigative Reporting

Newspaper/Wire Service (circ. over 100,000)
Paul McEnroe
Star Tribune, Minneapolis
Voiceless & Vulnerable

Newspaper/Wire Service (circ. under 100,000)
Dee Hall, Phil Brinkman, and staff
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wis.
Caucuses: Secret Campaign Machines

Evan Thomas, Mark Hosenball, Martha Brant, Roy Gutman and the Newsweek investigative team
Danger: Terror Ahead and Trail of Terror

NPR and National Geographic Society
Coltan and Eastern Congo’s Gorillas

Television reporting (Network/Top 25)
John Miller, Brian Ross, Chris Isham, Terri Lichtstein and Stu Schutzman
ABC News
ABC News Investigative Reports Post 9/11

Television (All other markets)
Hagit Limor, Gary Hughes, Paul Grundy, Michael Bendic and Bob Morford
WCPO-TV, Cincinnati
The Secret Report

Online (Affiliated)
Staff of
The Seattle Times
Uninformed Consent

Online (Independent)
Staff of CNET
Buying Into Trouble

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Feature Reporting

Newspaper/Wire service (Circ. over 100,000)
Julie Sullivan
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
This is How We Live

Newspaper/Wire service (Circ. under 100,000)
Jesse A. Hamilton
Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic
Murders in a Small Town

Peter Tobia
Philadelphia Inquirer
Caught in the Struggle and Strife — Images from Pakistian

Sports Photography
Gene Lower, Slingshot Photography
Sports Illustrated
God Plays Through

Javier Lizarzaburu
Cruces (Crosses/Crossings)

Television Reporting (network/top 25)
Tom Brokaw, Rebecca Haggerty and
Lisa Britton Parker
Dateline NBC/NBC News
The Lost Boys

Television (all other markets)
Janet Gardner, Pham Quoc Thai, Nicole Domenici and Len McClure
The Gardner Documentary Group and Independent Television Service
Precious Cargo

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Dan Collison, James Robinson, Amanda Klonsky, Gary Cavino, Johanna Zorn, Ellen Weiss
DC Productions, Chicago
Learning to Live: James’ Story

Television (Network/Top 25)
Doug Hamilton, Emily Lundberg, Josiah Hooper, Katie Galloway, Emma Margaf, Burt Glass, Dan Noyes, and Sue Ellen McCann
Center for Investigative Reporting, KQED, and

Television (All other markets)
Ken Verdoia, Nancy Green, and Bill Brussard
KUED-TV, Salt Lake City
Skull Valley: Radioactive Waste and the American West

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Newspaper/Wire Service
Alex Raksin and Bob Sipchen
Los Angeles Times
Helping People Off the Street

Editorial Cartooning
Clay Bennett
The Christian Science Monitor

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Column Writing

General Column Writing
Steve Lopez
Los Angeles Times

Sports Column Writing
Sally Jenkins
The Washington Post

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Journalism Research

Research about Journalism
Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
Project for Excellence in Journalism
The Elements of Journalism

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Public Service

Newspaper/Wire Service (Circ. over 100,000)
Bonnie Harris and Bill Theobald
The Indianapolis Star
Destined to Die

Newspaper/Wire Service (Circ. under 100,000)
The Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence, Mass.
Building Bridges

Fareed Zakaria
Why They Hate Us

Cyrus Musiker
KQED-FM, San Francisco
Energy Crisis

Television Reporting (Network/Top 25)
Chris Koeberl, Nickie Flynn, Dan Stamness and Dennis Decker
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News, Wichita, Kan.
Baby On Board

Television (All other markets)
Tracy Sadeghian, Schewislzer Lewis, and Traci Richardson
WRDW-TV, North Augusta, S.C.
Nursing Home Nightmare? (Revisited)

Newsletter Journalism
Dan Weissman, Liz Duffrin, Maureen Kelleher, Mick Dumke, Sarah Karp and Brian Rogal
CATALYST and The Chicago Reader
Education Matters

Online (Affiliated)
Staff of
Houston Chronicle
Great Flood of 2001

Online (Independent)
Kenneth Vogel and Meleah Rush
The Center for Public Integrity
Watchdogs on Short Leashes