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Congrats to our 2010 Cappie Winners

November 16, 2010
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Thanks very much to everyone who entered Capitolbeat’s 2010 statehouse reporting contest.   Here’s the full list of winners announced Saturday at our awards dinner in Phoenix:

The John Aubuchon FOI Award:

Judy Lin, Don Thompson, Juliet Williams, and Samantha Young, The Associated Press (Sacramento), “Watchdogging California’s Lawmakers and Governor.”

The judges’ take:  “Everything you want in good watchdog/investigative journalism – the stories are both informative and interesting, and resulted in significant changes in ‘business as usual’ for California law makers.  Excellent use of the state’s open government laws to uncover nefarious and negligent acts.”


LARGE NEWSPAPERS/WIRE

BEAT: The judge in this category said there was so much good work this year, he decided to split up the category.

WIRE – BEAT:
1. Don Thompson, The Associated Press, Sacramento
2. David A. Lieb, The Associated Press, MO
3. Judy Lin and Juliet Williams, The Associated Press, Sacramento

LARGE PAPERSBEAT:
1. Robert T. Garrett, The Dallas Morning News, Austin
2. Steve Bousquet, St. Petersburg Times
3. Josh Margolin, The Star-Ledger

LARGE NEWSPAPER/WIRE – SINGLE REPORT:
1. James Drew, Dallas Morning News,  “Elder Abuse Probes Linger
2. John O’Connor, AP, “Widening Racial Disparity in Illinois School Discipline”
3. Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin, Star-Ledger (NJ), “Donors Sidestep Campaign-Finance Laws”

LARGE NEWSPAPER/WIRE – IN-DEPTH:
1. John O’Connor, AP, “Secret Early Release of Prisoners in Illinois”
2. Judy Lin and Samantha Young, AP, “Selling California”
3. Tim Novak, Art Golab, Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times, “Pension Bonanza”

LARGE NEWSPAPER -  COMMENTARY/COLUMN/ANALYSIS:
1. Sean Kirst, Syracuse Post-Standard
2. Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
3. Kathy Barks Hoffman, AP (MI)


SMALL NEWSPAPERS (Under 75,000)

SMALL NEWSPAPERS – BEAT:
1. Dan Weist, The Standard-Examiner (UT)
2. Sean Cockerham, Anchorage Daily News
3. Scott Rothschild, Lawrence Journal-World (KS)

SMALL NEWSPAPERS – IN-DEPTH:
1. Ben Jones, Post-Crescent (WI)

SMALL NEWSPAPERS – COMMENTARY/COLUMN/ANALYSIS
1. Bernard Schoenburg, State Journal-Register (IL)
2. Marc Kovac, Youngstown Vindicator (OH)


RADIO

RADIO – BEAT:
1. Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network (WA)
2. Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio (CA)
3. Amanda Vinicky, WUIS/IL Public Radio

RADIO – SINGLE REPORT:
1. Bill Cohen, Ohio Public Radio, “Budget Breakthrough
2. Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network, “Nursing Home Threatened by Budget Cuts”
3. Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio, “State Parks and Marijuana”

RADIO – IN-DEPTH:
1. Austin Jenkins and Chris Lehman, Northwest News Network, “Data Center Debate”
2. Bill Cohen, Ohio Public Radio, “Crackdown Doesn’t Change Payday Stores’ Bottom Line”
3. Megan Verlee, Colorado Public Radio, “Biography of a Bill”

RADIO – COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS:
1. Karen Kasler, Bill Cohen, and Jo Ingles, Ohio Public Radio


TV LARGE MARKET (1-50)

TV 1-50 – BEAT:
1. Robert Kittle, WSPA-TV (SC)

TV 1-50 – SINGLE REPORT:
1. Kevin Rothstein, Mike Beaudet, Jonathan Wells, James Goff, Richard Ward of WFXT, Fox 25 and Commonwealth Magazine (MA), “Affordable Housing”
2. Troy Kinsey, Bay News 9 (FL), “Shell Game”

TV 1-50 – COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS:
1. David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television
2. Troy Kinsey, Bay News 9/Central Florida News 13


TV SMALLER MARKET (51-210)

TV 51-210 – BEAT:
1. Thanh Tan and Ricardo Ochoa, Idaho Public Television

TV 51-210 – SINGLE REPORT:
1. Thanh Tan and Ricardo Ochoa, Idaho Public Television, “State Budget 101”

TV 51-210 – IN-DEPTH:
1. Marcia Franklin, Ricardo Ochoa, Melanie Corry, “Wolf Hunting,” Idaho Public Television
2. Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa, Melanie Corry, “School Budget Cuts,” Idaho Public Television
3. Thanh Tan and Ricardo Ochoa, “Education Funding,” Idaho Public Television

TV 51-210 – COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS:
1. Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa, Melanie Corry, Idaho Public Television
2. Marcia Franklin, Ricardo Ochoa, Melanie Corry. Idaho Public TV, “Dialogue”


MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE – BEAT:
1. Gabrielle Gurley, CommonWealth Magazine (MA)

MAGAZINE – SINGLE REPORT:
1. Colman Herman, CommonWealth Magazine, “Term Paper Trafficking
2. Alison Lobron, CommonWealth Magazine, “Ka-Ching”
3. Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues, “Unpaid Bills”

MAGAZINE – IN-DEPTH:
2. Bruce Mohl and Jack Sullivan, CommonWealth Magazine, BRA/housing stories.
3. Charles Wheeler, Illinois Issues, “The Pension Chasm.”

MAGAZINE – COMMENTARY/COLUMN/ANALYSIS:
1. Charles Wheeler, Illinois Issues, Ends & Means
2. Dana Heupel, Illinois Issues, Editor’s Note

ONLINE

ONLINE – BEAT:
1. Len Lazarick, Marylandreporter.com
2. Eric Freedman, Capital News Service and Domemagazine.com (MI)
3. Jamey Dunn, Illinois Issues Blog

ONLINE – SINGLE REPORT:
1. Breanna Camarillo, Gongwer News Service, “Investigation of Gov. Granholm’s parole policy” (MI)
2. Trip Jennings, New Mexico Independent, “City contractor alleges corruption in Albuquerque City Hall
3. Todd Heywood, Michigan Messenger, “Arrest of most-wanted sex offender raises policy questions”

ONLINE – IN-DEPTH:
1. Kevin Lee, Illinois Statehouse News, “Scrutinizing Scholarships,” and Suzanne McBride, ChicagoTalks, “Secret Scholarships”
2. Trip Jennings,  New Mexico Independent, “Governor, entourage leave scene of Elephant Butte boat crash”
3. Len Lazarick, MarylandReporter.com, “General Assembly Compensation”

ONLINE – COMMENTARY/COLUMN/ANALYSIS:
1. Lou Jacobson, PolitiFact.com / NationalJournal.com


COLLEGE

1ST PLACE: University of South Carolina, School of Journalism. “South Carolina breastfeeding bill could affect custody cases.”  Journalists: Jennifer Standard and Paul Bowers.  Edited by Paul Bowers.

2ND PLACE: Michigan State University, College of Communication Arts & Sciences. “Experts weigh new state budget principle;” “Proposal for part-time Legislature lingers;” “Term limits too limiting, some incumbents find.”  Journalists: Nick Mordowanec/Budget; Danielle Emerson/Part-time Legislature; Daniel Opsommer/Term limits

3RD PLACE: Michigan State University, College of Communication Arts & Sciences.  “Restrictions proposed on lawn fertilizer use;” New sulfide mining proposal sparks criticism;” “Property owners, farmers going hog-wild over feral pigs”
Journalists: Laura Fosmire/Mining; Danielle Emerson/Feral pigs; Hyonhee Shin/Fertilizer

Congratulations to all our winners, and again, thanks to everyone who entered!

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