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2008 Contest Winners

John Aubuchon Freedom of Information Award

Wire Services and Newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation

BEAT REPORTING:

  • First place: Ray Long, John Chase, David Kidwell, Jeffrey Meitrodt and David Mendell, Chicago Tribune
  • Second place: Judy Lin, The Sacramento Bee, California
  • Third place: Samantha Young, Don Thompson, Aaron Davis and Steve Lawrence, Associated Press, California
  • Honorable mention: Joe Donohue, The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.

SINGLE REPORT:

IN-DEPTH REPORTING:

  • First place: Martha Irvine and Robert Tanner, Associated Press, New York, “Teacher Sex Abuse
  • Second place: Dunstan McNichol and John Martin, The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., “Waiting in pain
  • Third place: Karyn Spencer, Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska, “Fatal Flaws
  • Honorable mention: Don Thompson, Associated Press, California, “Heat Deaths
  • Honorable mention: Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press, Wisconsin, “Financial Aid for Sex Offenders

COLUMNS:

  • First place: Sheryl Harris, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
  • Second place: Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press, Arkansas

Newspapers with less than 75,000 circulation

BEAT REPORTING:

  • First place: James Sinks, The Bulletin, Bend, Ore.
  • Second place: Scott Rothschild, Lawrence Journal-World & News, Kansas
  • Third place: Megan Poinski, The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas, V.I.

SINGLE REPORT:

  • First place: Chris Andrews and Derek Wallbank, Lansing State Journal, Michigan, “State Employees: Under Siege?
  • Second place: Ben Jones, The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis., “One Capitol, two worlds”
  • Third place: James Sinks, The Bulletin, Bend, Ore., “A way around ethics reform”

IN-DEPTH REPORTING:

  • First place: Scott Reeder, The Small Newspaper Group, Kankakee, Ill., “Hidden Violations
  • Second place: Andrea Zelinski, Small Newspaper Group, Kankakee, Ill., “Fighting for a new life”
  • Third place: Dean Olsen, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill., “Care for our elders”
  • Honorable mention: Megan Poinski, The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas, V.I., “V.I. Fifth Constitutional Convention”

COLUMNS

None

Online

BEAT REPORTING

  • First place: Pamela Prah, Stateline.org, Washington, D.C.
  • Second place: John Gramlich, Stateline.org, Washington, D.C.
  • Third place: Stephanie Cepak, Gongwer News Service, Lansing, Mich.
  • Honorable mention: Shane Goldmacher, The Sacramento Bee, California, “Capitol Alert

SINGLE REPORT

None

IN-DEPTH

  • First place: John Lindstrom and Stephanie Cepak, Gongwer News Service, Lansing, Mich.
  • Second place: Center for Public Integrity staff, Washington, D.C.
  • Third place: John Gramlich, Stateline.org, Washington, D.C.
  • Honorable mention: Cara DeGette, Colorado Independent

COLUMN WINNERS

  • First place: Louis Jacobson, Stateline.org, Washington, D.C., “Roll Call”

Magazines

BEAT REPORTING

None

SINGLE REPORT

  • First place: Gabrielle Gurley, CommonWealth Magazine, Boston, “Municipal Meltdown”
  • Second place: Bethany Jaeger, Illinois Issues, Springfield, “Clinic in a School
  • Third place: Daniel C. Vock, Illinois Issues, Springfield, “Immigrant friendly

IN-DEPTH REPORT

COLUMN WINNERS

  • First place: Bethany Jaeger, Illinois Issues, Springfield

Television, markets 1 to 50

BEAT REPORTING

  • First place: Dan Weist, Ohio News Network
  • Second place: Robert Kittle, WSPA-TV
  • Third place: Mary Lahammer, Twin Cities Public TV

Television, markets 51-210

BEAT REPORTING

  • First place: Loretta Boniti, WVIR NBC 29, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Second place: Bill McAllister, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, Alaska

SINGLE REPORT

  • First place: Troy Kinsey, Bay News 9/Central Florida News 13, Tallahassee, Fla., “Microtargeting”
  • Second place: Bill McAllister, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, Alaska, “FBI raid anniversary”

IN-DEPTH REPORT

  • First place: Bill McAllister, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Second place: Dan Weist, Ohio News Network, “Who gets the call?”

COLUMNS/ANALYSIS

  • First place: David Gillette, Twin Cities Public Television, Minnesota
  • Second place: Joan Cartan-Hansen, Idaho Public Television

Radio

BEAT REPORTING

  • First place: Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network
  • Second place: Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio
  • Third place (tie): Sean Crawford, WUIS/IL Public Radio, Illinois, and Chris Lehman, Northwest News Network

SINGLE REPORT

  • First Place: Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network, “Math Wars”
  • Second place: Chris Lehman, Northwest News Network, “Health Care Lottery”
  • Third place: Amanda Vinicky, WUIS/IL Public Radio, Illinois, “The Truant Legislator”

IN-DEPTH REPORTING

  • First place: Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio, “California Education Budget”
  • Second place: Bill Cohen, Ohio Public Radio, “Dancers for Democracy”
  • Third place: Sean Crawford and Amanda Vinicky, WUIS/IL Public Radio, “Making Little Cents”

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