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2023 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

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See clips of the winning work, and hear what judges said about the best of best in 2023 journalism. [1:05:04]

Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2023.

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.

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Business/Finance Reporting

Denied by AI: Consequences for vulnerable Americans
Casey Ross and Bob Herman, STAT

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Consumer/Retail Reporting

Bad Medicine
Staff, Bloomberg

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Fact Checking

Fact-checking claims about the House impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden
Robert Farley,

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Cultural Criticism

Melanie McFarland

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Arts, Entertainment and Fashion Journalism

The Heritage War
Bill Whitaker, Heather Abbott, LaCrai Mitchell and Craig Crawford, CBS News 60 Minutes

Food/Restaurant Journalism

Seth Doane, Sari Aviv, Ed Givnish and Rand Morrison, CBS News Sunday Morning


The First Lady I knew: Rosalynn Carter
Kane Farabaugh, Voice of America

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Regional Political Reporting

Secrets of the Cincinnati railroad deal
Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer

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Spanish Language Feature Reporting

Cuando los libros desaparecen
Ana Elena Azpúrua, Patricia Clarembaux and Javier Figueroa, Univision News Digital

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Spanish Language Investigative Reporting

Camioneros: el negocio mortal de los tráilers con migrantes
Staff, Noticias Telemundo

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Spanish Language News Reporting

Hallan muerta a una soldado latina en Fort Hood que dijo a su madre que la acosaban
Ronny Rojas, Damià Bonmatí, Bruno García and Eulimar Núñez, Noticias Telemundo

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Tech Reporting

Silicon Savanna: The workers taking on Africa's digital sweatshops
Erica Hellerstein, Coda Story

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Collaborative Journalism

Behind the Gun
John Diedrich, Andrew Hahn, Ben Schultz and Alex Rivera Grant, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Marquette University's O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism

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Travel Journalism

Load of Ship
Kate Taylor and Brittany Chang, Business Insider

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Television and Audio

Television Feature Reporting, Large Market Station

Making a Difference
Mike Bush and Tom Stasizak, KSDK, St. Louis

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Television Feature Reporting, Small Market Station

This is Iowa
Eric Hanson and Cortney Kintzer, KCCI 8 News, Des Moines

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Television Breaking News Coverage, ALL MARKETS

Marathon Petroleum Fire
Staff, WVUE-TV, New Orleans

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Radio Breaking News Reporting

Israel attacked
Staff, CBS News Radio

Radio Feature Reporting

Coretta Scott: The other ‘King’ of Boston
Phillip Martin, WGBH Public Radio, Boston

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Radio Sports Reporting

An all-women’s climb of the Grand Teton celebrates the first female ascent of the peak 100 years ago
Hannah Habermann, Wyoming Public Media

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Investigative Podcast

Letters from Sing Sing
Dan Slepian and Preeti Varathan, NBC News

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Conversational Podcast

In the Room with Peter Bergen
Peter Bergen, Alison Craiglow and Laura Tillman, Fresh Produce Media

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Narrative Podcast or Radio Documentary

Long Shadow: Rise of the American Far Right
Garret M. Graff and staffs, Long Lead and Campside Media

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Public Service in Radio Journalism

Pickleball: Can a game change prison culture?
Uncuffed staff, KALW Public Media

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Public Service in Television Journalism, Network or Syndicated

Joce Sterman, Scotty Smith and Jamie Grey, InvestigateTV
Topher Sanders, ProPublica

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Television Sports Reporting

Musial Awards Stories
Mike Bush, Scott Suppelsa, Adam Dew and Tom Stasiak, KSDK, St. Louis

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Television Investigative Reporting, Small Market Station

Outside the Office
Lee Zurik, Jon Turnipseed and Dannah Sauer, WVUE-TV, New Orleans

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Television Feature Reporting, network or syndicated

The Queen of Tequila
Staff, ABC News Live Prime with Linsey Davis

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Television Documentaries, Network or Syndicated

On the Brink
Diane Sawyer, Rachel Scott and staff, IMPACT x Nightline

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National or Syndicated Radio Feature Reporting

Coverage of a proposed UK government plan to deport undocumented migrants to Rwanda
Lauren Frayer and Fatima Al-Kassab, NPR

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Radio Investigative Reporting

Part of the Pipeline
Grace Madigan, KNKX Public Radio, Tacoma

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Television Investigative Reporting, Large Market Station

Too Unwell to Testify?
Dave Biscobing and staff, ABC15 Arizona

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Television Investigative Reporting, network or syndicated

Trashed: The Secret Life of Plastic Recycling
Staff, ABC News Live

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Television Breaking News Coverage, Network or Syndicated

Attack on Israel
Saturday Today Staff, NBC News

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Public Service in Television Journalism, All Markets

Undetermined: The Year Excited Delirium Died
Chris Vanderveen, Chris Hansen, Jenna Bourne and Aaron Adelson, KUSA, Denver

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Inequalities in Society, Television or Audio

Shiloh: Our inheritance is washing away
Staff, ABC News Live Prime with Linsey Davis

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Science, Environmental and Climate Reporting in Television or Audio

Proven Schizophrenia Treatments Keep People in School, at Work and off the Street. Why Won't Insurance Companies Cover Them?
April Dembosky, KQED-FM, San Francisco

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Crime Reporting, Television or Audio

Investigating injustice: Black women at risk
Dorothy Tucker, Elliott Ramos, Carol Thompson and Tim Viste, WBBM-TV, Chicago

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Art, Graphics and Multimedia

Informational Graphics and/or Data Visualization

Noise could take years off your life. Here’s how.
Staff, The New York Times

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Breaking News Photography

A widow’s grief
J. Conrad Williams Jr., Newsday

Feature Photography

Wreaths across America
Scott Serio, Eclipse Sportswire

Sports Photography

The Finish Line
Jake May, The Flint Journal and

Photo Essay or Slideshow

No One Dies Alone
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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Digital Video

Slaughterhouse Children: Child labor exposed in America’s food industry
Staffs of the Investigative Unit and Digital Documentary Unit, NBC News

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In Harm’s Way
Susie Cagle, Geoff Hing, Katie Park and staff, The Marshall Project

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Editorial Cartooning, Circulation up to 40,000

Nancy Ohanian

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Editorial Cartooning, Circulation 40,000-PLUS

Rob Rogers

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Immersion Journalism

A Cathedral of Sound
Madeleine Schwartz, Malika Khurana, Mika Gröndahl and Yuliya Parshina-Kottas, The New York Times

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Print, Online and Wire

Inequalities in Society

Toxic Labor
Janelle Retka, Samantha McCabe, Jiahui Huang and Maria Inés Zamudio, Columbia Journalism Investigations and Center for Public Integrity co-published by Futuro Investigates

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Feature Reporting, Circulation up to 40,000

The Stranger in the Mirror
Spencer Kent, NJ Advance Media

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Feature Reporting, Circulation 40,000-PLUS

For 40 years he blamed himself for a girl’s murder. Then came a shocking discovery.
Max Kim, Los Angeles Times

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General Column Writing, Circulation 40,000-plus

M.L. Elrick
Detroit Free Press

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General Column Writing, Circulation up to 40,000

Bridget Grumet
Austin American-Statesman

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Sports Column Writing

Steve Politi
NJ Advance Media

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Editorial Writing

Brandon McGinley
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Deadline Reporting

A Massacre in Monterey Park
Staff, Los Angeles Times

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Magazine Writing

Held Together
Lucy Sexton and Joe Sexton, Atavist Magazine

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Magazine Investigative Reporting

Hidden dangers of water beads
Lauren Kirchner, Margot Gilman, Joel Keehn and Scott Meadows, Consumer Reports

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Newspaper or Online Investigative Reporting, Circulation 40,000-Plus

China: The Superpower of Seafood
Staff, The Outlaw Ocean Project

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Newspaper or Online Investigative Reporting, Circulation up to 40,000

Preying on Patients
Max Filby, Mike Wagner and Jennifer Smola Shaffer, Columbus Dispatch

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Science, Environmental and Climate Reporting

Repowering the West
Staff, Los Angeles Times

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Crime Reporting

The Mirai Confessions: Three young hackers who built a web-killing monster finally tell their story
Andy Greenberg, Wired

Public Service Journalism

Alone and Exploited
Hannah Dreier, The New York Times

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Foreign Correspondence

Russia’s Shadow Fleet
Staff, Bloomberg

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Washington Correspondence

Christa Case Bryant
Christian Science Monitor

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Sports Reporting

Mismanagement of the Year
Jason Wolf, Arizona Republic

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Newsletter Journalism

Power Play
Annie Gaus and Mike Ege, San Francisco Standard

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Non-Deadline Reporting, Circulation 40,000-Plus

Lost Rites
Jon Schuppe, Mike Hixenbaugh and Rich Schapiro, NBC News

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Non-Deadline Reporting, Circulation up to 40,000

The Final Fall
Michael McGough and Stephen Hobbs, Sacramento Bee

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