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2022 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

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Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2022.

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.

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.



Deadline Reporting (Single-issue circ 40k+ or online only)

Vacationing AP reporter’s lightning fast response dominates coverage of author’s shock stabbing
Joshua Goodman, David Bauder, Hillel Italie, The Associated Press
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Deadline Reporting (Single-issue circ. up to 40k)

Hurricane Ian devastates Southwest Florida
Staff , The News-Press, Naples Daily News
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Single-issue circ 40k+ or online only)

Erasing Mariupol
Mstyslav Chernov, Evgeniy Maloletka, Vasilisa Stepanenko, Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Single-issue circ up to 40k)

Bridges on the brinkSean D. Hamill, Jonathan D. Silver, Ed Blazina, Joel Jacobs, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Investigative Reporting (Single-issue circ 40k+ or online only)

Broken homesJoaquin Palomino, Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle
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Investigative Reporting (Single-issue circ up to 40k)

Disabled and abandonedCaroline Ghisolfi, Tony Plohetski, Nicole Foy, Austin American-Statesman
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Feature Reporting (Single-issue circ 40k+ or online only)

A world gone mad: Schizophrenia and a journey through California’s failed mental health systemThomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
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Magazine Writing

‘I was never ready for this’Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, The New York Times Magazine
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Magazine Investigative Reporting

Kate Price remembers something terribleJanelle Nanos, The Boston Globe
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Public Service Journalism

How Hasidic schools are reaping millions but failing studentsEliza Shapiro, Brian M. Rosenthal, The New York Times

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Feature Reporting (Single-issue circ up to 40k)

The art of reparationSteffie Nelson, Red Canary Magazine
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Editorial Writing (Single-issue circ 40k+ or online only)

Standing with UvaldeJosh Brodesky, Nancy M. Preyor-Johnson, Cary Clack, Brandon Lingle, San Antonio Express-News

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Editorial Writing (Single-issue circ up to 40k)

EditorialsDavid Plazas, The Tennessean
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Washington Correspondence

Keeping an eye on Hawaii’s congressional delegationNick Grube, Honolulu Civil Beat
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Foreign Correspondence

Economic impacts of Putin’s war on UkraineMarc Champion, Bloomberg News
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General Column Writing (Single-issue circ 40k+ or online only)

ColumnsMyron Medcalf, Star Tribune
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General Column Writing (Single-issue circ up to 40k)

ColumnsMelinda Henneberger, The Sacramento Bee
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Sports Column Writing (Single-issue circ 40k+ or online only)

ColumnsMichael Silver, San Francisco Chronicle
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Spanish-language Print/Online News Reporting

La lucha del trabajador en primera línea Ariana Perez-Castells, Natalia Sánchez Loayza, Tasha Sandoval, El Deadline
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Spanish-language Print/Online Feature Reporting

Los silenciosos cartonerosFrank Lopez Ballesteros, palabra.
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Spanish-language Print/Online Investigative Reporting

Salud de Alquiler: inmigrantes latinos participan una y otra vez en ensayos clínicos por dineroJorge Carrasco, Ana M. Rodríguez, Eulimar Nunez, Noticias Telemundo
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Public Service in Newsletter Journalism

Closing argumentStaff, The Marshall Project
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Sports Reporting (Print/Online/Wire)

The KeeperJuliet Macur, The New York Times

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ART / GRAPHICS / MULTIMEDIA

Breaking News Photography (Single-issue circ up to 40k or affiliated website)

Ashes to ashesJake May, The Flint Journal, MLive.com
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Breaking News Photography (Single-issue circ 40k+ or affiliated website/online only)

Fleeing warEmilio Morenatti, Associated Press

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Feature Photography (Single-issue circ up to 40k or affiliated website)

A brother’s loveJake May, The Flint Journal, MLive.com
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Feature Photography (Single-issue circ 40k+ or affiliated website/online only)

SnowflakesScott Serio, Scott Serio freelance for Broadway World


Sports Photography

Wayne can still trainScott Serio, Hipismo.net

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Editorial Cartooning (Single-issue circ up to 40k or affiliated website/online only)

Michael Ramirez editorial cartoonsMichael Ramirez, Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Editorial Cartooning (Single-issue circ 40k+ or affiliated website)

Editorial cartoonsGary Markstein, Creators Syndicate
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Informational Graphics/Data Visualization

Inside the apocalyptic worldview of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’Staff, The New York Times

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Specialized Journalism Site

The people vs. rubber bulletsLinda Rodriguez McRobbie, Eoin O’Carroll, John Patrick Pullen, Amelia Lang, Long Lead
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Digital Video

Why miners risk their lives to get sulfur from an active volcanoInsider Staff, Insider
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Immersion Journalism

Destroying Maya treasures to build a tourist trainKevin Sieff and Whitney Leaming , The Washington Post
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Photo Essay/Slideshow

The things COVID victims left behindStaff, CNN
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Illustration

What’s in the water at PepsiCo?Steven Wilson, Fortune

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AUDIO

Radio Breaking News Reporting (All Markets or Network Syndication)

Sri Lanka at the breaking pointCarolyn Beeler, The World/PRX
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Radio Investigative Reporting (All Markets or Network Syndication)

How the newest federal prison became one of the deadliestJoseph Shapiro, Christie Thompson, The Marshall Project staff, NPR, The Marshall Project
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Radio Feature Reporting (Market 1-100 or Network Syndication)

Grief and grit: Ten years after Sandy Hook, one woman continues to wrestle with her double lossTovia Smith, Catherine Laidlaw, Walter Ray Watson, Elizabeth Baker, National Public Radio
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Public Service in Radio Journalism (All Market or Network Syndication)

A place to call homeStaff, North Country Public Radio
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Podcast, Narrative/Radio Documentary

Inside the global fight for white powerVerified from Scripps News, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting , Scripps News
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Radio Feature Reporting (Market 101+)

Dairy worker housing goes uninspected. The result is horrific conditions on some farms.Lucy Grindon, David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio
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Podcast, Conversational

Doorstep: Can Putin be prosecuted for war crimes?Tatiana Serafin, Nick Gvosdev, Carnegie Council
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Radio Sports Reporting

Chinatown’s 9-man tournament takes its Labor Day showdown to ProvidenceAimee Moon, WBUR
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TELEVISION

Television Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)

Hurricane IanMSNBC/NBC News staff , NBC News
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Television Breaking News Coverage (All Markets)

Uvalde school massacreKPRC 2 staff, KPRC-TV
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Television Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)

What happened at Grizzly Flats?Bill Whitaker, Heather Abbott, LaCrai Mitchell, Michael Mongulla, CBS News 60 Minutes
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Television Investigative Reporting (All Markets)

Disabled and deniedProject Baltimore staff, WBFF-TV
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Television Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)

Somalia on the brink of starvationStaff, ABC News
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Television Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)

Mei’s messengerPeter Rosen, Tanner Siegworth, KSL TV
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Television Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station: 51+ market)

Descendants’ voicesRoberta Oster, Dennis Ting, Brad Clore, VPM News Focal Point
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Television Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)

Putin’s Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War CrimesThomas Jennings, Producer/Director/Writer, FRONTLINE Annie Wong, Director, Producer, FRONTLINE Erika Kinetz, Producer/Reporter/Correspondent, AP, FRONTLINE (PBS)
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Television Documentaries (Large-Market Station: 1-50 market)

Burned: The story behind the Marshall fireChris Hansen, Chris Vanderveen, KUSA
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Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)

Conviction: The case of Vincent SimmonsDavid Begnaud, T. Sean Herbert, Christine Weicher, CBS Mornings staff, CBS NEWS
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Public Service in Television Journalism (All Markets)

The secrets they keepDave Biscobing, ABC15 staff. , ABC15 Arizona
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Spanish-language Television News Reporting

De frontera a fronteraCelia Mendoza, Voice of America
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Spanish-language Television Investigative Reporting

Las mansiones de la perversiónUnivision Investiga/Univision Noticias staff, Univision
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Spanish-language Television Feature Reporting

Mayan rapper Pat Boy seeks to preserve his culture for the next generationsVeronica Villafañe, Voice of America
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Television Sports Reporting

Musial Awards storiesMike Bush, Scott Suppelsa, Adam Dew, Tom Stasiak, KSDK-TV
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ALL PLATFORMS

Fact Checking

Fact-checking: The truth about Hunter BidenGlenn Kessler, The Washington Post
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Collaborative Journalism

A new prescriptionGuy Boulton (professional); Alexa Jurado, Annie Mattea, Vanessa Rivera (students), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Inequalities in Society (Print/Online)

Exploring race in CaliforniaTyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times
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Science/Environment/Climate Reporting

Climate and punishmentAlleen Brown, Akil Harris, The Intercept
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Travel Journalism

Stuck@work: When your country’s brand is escape, but you can’tGregory Warner, Catarina Fernandes Martins, and Staff of Rough Translation
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Arts/Entertainment/Fashion Journalism

Museum reporting that led to an F.B.I. probe and a director’s firingBrett Sokol, The New York Times

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Food/Restaurant Journalism

Food is loveJay Korff, WJLA
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Cultural Criticism

ColumnsMelanie McFarland, Salon
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Inequalities in Society (Television, Audio)

How sewer diving became one of the most dangerous jobs In India and PakistanSara Khan, Bhaavan Goswami, Zainab Nasir, Havovi Cooper, Insider
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Crime Reporting

Murder or mercyLane DeGregory, Tampa Bay Times
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Obituaries

A life well livedStaff, NBC News, Sunday Today
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Business/Finance Reporting

Rent baronsHeather Vogell, Haru Coryne, Erin Smith, Ryan Little — ProPublica, ProPublica
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Regional Political Reporting

Elise StefanikZach Hirsch, David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio
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Consumer/Retail Reporting

Secret surveillance, mining customer data: How retailers help bag shoplifting kingpinsAndrew Blankstein, Simone Weichselbaum, Rich Schapiro, Mark Schone, NBC News Investigations

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Tech Reporting

QAnon, Bangladesh, misinformation, and Canadian truckers: How social media created a false convoyGrid News staff, Grid News
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