2009 National Awards for education reporting

EWA announces 2009 National Awards contest winners

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2010 -- The Education Writers Association (EWA), the national professional association of education reporters and writers, today announced the winners of the 2009 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing. The annual contest honors the best education reporting in the print and broadcast media and is the only independent contest of its kind in the United States. Contest entries were limited to stories published or broadcast for the first time during the 2009 school calendar year.

A total of 334 entries were judged in this year's contest. First Prize winners receive a cash prize of $150 and a plaque. Winners of Second Prizes and Special Citations receive certificates. The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting includes an award of $1,000 and a plaque, and will be presented to the best of the First Prize winners. EWA also honors reporters who have done the best overall Beat Reporting in both small and large media and markets. Prizes, including the announcement of the Grand Prize, will be given at the awards luncheon Saturday, May 15 during the Education Writers Association's 63rd National Seminar being held in San Francisco, California at the Hotel Kabuki.

Contest judging was conducted independently, under the direction of Chief Judge Adrianne Flynn of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland.  This year's panel of distinguished judges were Sandy Banisky of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Patrick Boyle of Youth Today; Tamara Henry of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; Eric Kelderman of the Chronicle of Higher Education; Susan Kopen of WBAL; Howard Libet, of Center Maryland; Ylan Mui of the Washington Post; Deb Nelson of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism; Frank Quine of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland; and Molly Rath of Baltimore Public Schools.

IA. Small Media - Breaking or Hard News

First Prize

Second Prize

IB. Small Media - Feature, News Feature or Issue Package

First Prize

Second Prize

Special Citations

IC. Small Media--Series or Group of Articles

First Prize

  • Beth McMurtrie, Mara Hvistendahl, David McNeill, Jeff Brainard and Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education -"Asia Rising/America Falling"

Second Prize

Special Citation

  • Mary Wiltenburg, Christian Science Monitor -"Little Bill Clinton: A School Year in the Life of a New American”

ID. Small Media - Investigative Reporting

First Prize

  • Ryan Gabrielson and Michelle Reese, East Valley Tribune –“Rigged Privilege"

IE. Small Media - Opinion

First Prize

  • Patricia Calhoun, Westword -"School Daze"

Second Prize

IIA. Large Media -Breaking or Hard News

No winners

IIB. Large Media --Feature, News Feature or Issue Package

First Prize

Second Prize

Special Citations

IIC. Large Media --Series or Group of Articles

First Prize

Second Prize (tie)

Special Citation

  • Eleanor Chute, Bill Schackner and Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -“Do the Math

II. D Large Media --Investigative Reporting

First Prize

  • Blake Morrison, Peter Eisler, Anthony DeBarros and Elizabeth Weise, USA Today - "Trouble on the Tray"

Second Prize (tie)

IIE. Large Media--Opinion

First Prize

Second Prize

Special Citations

IIIA. Multimedia

First Prize

Second Prize

Special Citation

  • Robin Wilson, Audrey Williams June, Jeffrey Brainard and Brock ReadThe Chronicle of Higher Education -"Special Report: Adjuncts"

IIIB. Blogs

First Prize

  • Elizabeth Green, Philissa Cramer, Maura Walz, Anna Phillips, Gotham Schools.org -"Gotham Schools"

Second Prize

  • Betsy Hammond, Kimberly Melton, Wendy Owen, Bill Graves and Melissa Navas, Oregonian -“Chalk It Up

Special Citation

  • Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson, Newsweek.com - NurtureShock

IVA. Small Media- Beat Reporting

First Prize

Second Prize

  • Scott Stephens, Catalyst Ohio-“Stephens Education Reporting”

Special Citation

IVB. Large Media- Beat Reporting

First Prize

  • Libby Quaid, Associated Press -"First Years in Office"

Second Prize (tie)

  • Katherine Leal Unmuth, Dallas Morning News -" Katherine Unmuth Beat Reporting"
  • Justin Pope, Associated Press -" The National Higher Education Beat: Policy and People"

Special Citations

V. Magazines

First Prize

Second Prize (tie)

VI. Special Interest, Institutional and Trade Publications

First Prize

Special Citations

VIIA. Television - Hard News and Investigative

First Prize

Second Prize

  • Kathleen Johnston, CNN -"CNN Newsroom: Foreign Exchange Students"

VIIB. Television--Documentary and Feature

First Prize

Second Prize

Special Citation

  • John Larson and Karen Foshay, KCET/SoCal Connected -“Is Anybody Listening?”

VII. Radio or Podcasts

First Prize

Second Prize

  • Beth Fertig, WNYC Radio -"Adding it UP"

Special Citations