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2009 Contest Winners

Capitolbeat’s 2009 “Best of Statehouse Reporting” Awards

Wire Services and Newspapers over 75,000 circulation

BEAT REPORTING:
First Place
E.J. Schultz
Fresno Bee, California

Second Place
Don Thompson
The Associated Press, California

Third Place
Julie Carr Smyth
Associated Press, Ohio

Honorable Mention
John O’Connor
The Associated Press

Honorable Mention
John Chase, Jeff Coen, Ray Long and Rick Pearson
The Chicago Tribune

Honorable Mention
Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki, Dave McKinney, Tim Novak and Jordan Wilson
Chicago Sun-Times

SINGLE REPORT:
First Place
Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney
Chicago Sun-Times
“Blago hit up Burris for cash”

Second Place
Megan O’Matz
Sun Sentinel, Florida
“Crist’s Lavish Trade Trip”

Third Place
Don Thompson
The Associated Press, California
“California Wildfires – Cost”

IN-DEPTH REPORTING:
First Place
Robert T. Garrett and Emily Ramshaw
Dallas Morning News
“Data crashes hinders cases”

Second Place
Mark Pitsch and Jason Stein
Wisconsin State Journal
For “Busted: Wisconsin’s broken budget”

Third Place
Mark Scolforo
The Associated Press, Pennsylvania
For “Rogue constables”

COLUMNS/COMMENTARY/NEWS ANALYSIS:
First Place
Andrew DeMillo
The Associated Press, Arkansas

Second Place
Sean Kirst
The Post Standard, Syracuse, N.Y.

Third Place
Tom Humphrey
The News Sentinel, Tennessee

Newspapers under 75,000 circulation and weeklies

BEAT REPORTING:
First Place
Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas

Second Place
Megan Poinski
The Virgin Islands Daily News

Third Place
Bob Tkacz
Laws for the SEA, Alaska

SINGLE REPORT:
First Place
Ben Jones and Kate McGinty
The Post-Crescent/The Sheboygan Press
“Pay to Play”

Second Place
Megan Poinski
The Virgin Islands Daily News
“Constitutional Convention marred by loud shouting, personal insults and delegates storming in and out”

No third place in category.


IN-DEPTH REPORTING:
First Place
David Steves
The Register-Guard, Oregon
For “An Aging Population”

Second Place
Fiona Morgan
Independent Weekly, North Carolina
For “High stakes for high-speed Internet”

No third place in category.

COLUMNS/COMMENTARY/NEWS ANALYSIS:
First Place
John Brummett
Fort Smith Times Record, Arkansas

Second Place
Bernard Schoenburg
The State Journal-Register, Illinois

Third Place
Marc Kovac
Dix Newspapers, Ohio

Online

BEAT REPORTING
First Place
Jason Hancock, Chase Martyn and Lynda Waddington
Iowa Independent

Second Place
Betsy Z. Russell
Spokesman.com, Idaho

Third Place
Larry Lee and John Lindstrom
Gongwer News Service, Michigan

SINGLE REPORT:
First Place
Trip Jennings
New Mexico Independent
For “Malott’s firm has seen boom in state auditing contracts under guv”

No other awards in category.

IN-DEPTH REPORTNG:
First Place
Dale Singer
St. Louis Beacon
“déjà Vu All Over Again”

Second Place
Breanna Camarillo, Stephanie Cepak, Chris Klaver, Larry Lee and John Lindstrom
Gongwer News Service, Michigan
For “Granholm 2009 Budget”

Third Place
Jason Hancock
The Iowa Independent
For “Toxic coal ash”

COLUMNS/COMMENTARY/NEWS ANALYSIS:
First Place
Arizona Guardian
Staff

Second Place
Lou Jacobson
Stateline.org

Third Place
Chase Martyn
The Iowa Independent

Magazines

BEAT REPORTING:
No awards in category

SINGLE REPORT:
First Place
Alison Lobron
CommonWealth Magazine
“Ending the One-Party State”

Second Place
Linda Kleindienst
The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida
“The Dealmakers”

Third Place
Gabrielle Gurley
CommonWealth Magazine
For “The shape of watts to come”

IN-DEPTH REPORTING:
First Place
Jack Sullivan and Bruce Mohl
CommonWealth Magazine
“Isn’t Every Child Special”

No other awards in category.

COLUMNS/COMMENTARY/NEWS ANALYSIS:
First Place
Charlie Wheeler
Illinois Issues

Second Place
Michael Jonas
CommonWealth Magazine, Massachusetts

Third Place
Dave McKinney
Illinois Issues

Television

BEAT REPORTING, markets 1-50:
First Place
Robert Kittle
WSPA, Columbia, S.C.

Second Place
Mary Lahammer
Twin Cities Public Television

No third place in category.

BEAT REPORTING, markets 51-210:
First Place
Ricardo Ochoa, Thanh Tan and Idaho Reports staff
Idaho Public Television

No other awards in category

SINGLE REPORT, markets 1-50:
First Place
Valarie Edwards
Georgia Public Broadcasting
For “Predatory Lenders”

No other awards in category

SINGLE REPORT, markets 51-210:
First Place
Hank Nystrom, Ricardo Ochoa, Thanh Tan and Idaho Reports staff
Idaho Public Television
For “Veto Mania”

No other awards in category

IN-DEPTH REPORTING, markets 1-50:
First Place
John Daley
KSL-TV, Salt Lake City
For “Ethics Scandal”

No other awards in category.

IN-DEPTH REPORTING, markets 51-210:
First Place
Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa and Dialogue staff
Idaho Public Television
For “Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer ”

No other awards in category.

COLUMNS/COMMENTARY/NEWS ANALYSIS, markets 1-50:
First Place
David Gillette
Twin Cities Public Television, Minnesota

No other awards in category

COLUMNS/COMMENTARY/NEWS ANALYSIS, markets 51-210:
First Place
Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa and Dialogue staff
Idaho Public Television

No other awards in category

Radio

BEAT REPORTING:
First Place
Marianne Russ
Capitol Public Radio, California

Second Place
Bill Cohen
Ohio Public Radio

Third Place  (tie)
Sean Crawford
Illinois Public Radio

Third Place  (tie)
Bente Birkland
Rocky Mountain Community Radio

SINGLE REPORT:
First Place
Anna Sale
WNPR, Connecticut
For “Prison workers’ contract tests tough budget talk”

Second Place
Amanda Vinicky
Illinois Public Radio
“Republican minority recruitment”

Third Place
Sean Crawford
Illinois Public Radio
“The arrest of Rod Blagojevich”

IN-DEPTH REPORTING:
First Place
Sean Crawford and Amanda Vinicky
WUIS/Illinois Public Radio
For “The Fall of Governor Rod Blagojevich”

Second Place
Bill Cohen
Ohio Public Radio
For “Payday Loans”

Third Place
Jeneane Beck, Rob Dillard and Joyce Russell
Iowa Public Radio
For “Gay Marriage”

COLUMNS/COMMENTARY/NEWS ANALYSIS:
Second Place
Bill Cohen and Karen Kasler
Ohio Public Radio

No first or third place in category.

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