Awards

2009

For “Section 8: Subsidizing Suburbia” (with Jane Prendergast):
Niles Cushing Dolbeare Award for coverage of low-income housing issues (and $2,500 prize)
Casey Medal for  Meritorious Journalism, second place
Press Club of Cleveland, first place, politics and government writing
Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, first place, trend reporting

For “Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know”:
Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, First Amendment Award

Associated Press Society of Ohio, finalist for best news writer in Ohio, for body of work
Press Club of Cleveland, print analysis, second place, for “Fire 911: Critical Response” (with Janice Morse)

2008

For “Foreclosure’s Fallout,” lead reporter (with Alexander Coolidge) on a multi-part series:
Fund for American Studies, Excellence in Economic Journalism Award, honorable mention (and $1,000 prize)
Cleveland Press Club, first place, public service reporting
Ohio SPJ Awards, second place, best business reporting
Ohio SPJ Awards, third place, best explanatory reporting
Ohio SPJ Awards, first place, best government reporting, for “Sex, Crime and Community”

2007


For “Special Report: Eminent Domain,” lead reporter on a two-part series (with Steve Kemme and Mike Rutledge):
Associated Press Society of Ohio, investigative reporting, first place
Cleveland Press Club, print analysis, first place
Ohio SPJ Awards, second place, best use of a public record
Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, enterprise reporting

Ohio SPJ Awards, Best Reporter in Ohio, first place, for body of work

2006

Ohio SPJ Awards, Best Explanatory Reporting, first place (tie), for “The Banks: Who’s in Charge?”
Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, honorable mention, enterprise/database reporting, for selection of work.
Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, honorable mention, explanatory reporting, for selection of work.
Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, honorable mention, beat reporting, for city hall coverage.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Newsroom Employee of the Year, for pioneering the newspaper’s Data Desk.
Best of Gannett, online news and enterprise, runner-up for online coverage of the 2005 mayoral election.

2005

Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, third place, enterprise and database reporting, for “Tax Break Allotments Questioned”

2004

For “The Convergys Debate,” continuing coverage of Cincinnati’s unprecedented grant of tax incentives for a major employer:
Ohio SPJ Awards, best government reporting, second place
Press Club of Cleveland, newspaper business reporting, second place

Associated Press Society of Ohio, Best News Writer in Ohio, second place, for body of work

2003

For “Jer-ry! Jer-ry!, Jer-ry!” reports on Jerry Springer’s testing of the waters for a potential run for the U.S. Senate:
Press Club of Cleveland, politics and government writing, second place
Best of Gannett, feature writing, runner-up

Press Club of Cleveland, politics and government writing, honorable mention, for “Huntington Meadows’ Failure”
National Society of Professional Journalists, Sunshine Award, for service to the Ohio Freedom of Information Committee.
Best of Gannett, beat reporting, runner-up, for coverage of City Hall

2002

Best of Gannett, beat reporting, runner-up, for coverage of City Hall

2001

Ohio SPJ Awards, best criminal justice reporting, first place, for “A Deadly Deception”

1998

Ohio SPJ Awards, Best Public Journalism, first place, for “A Plague of Guns,” a team project

1996

For “Generation Rx: The Rise of Ritalin,” a four-part series, lead reporter on a three-member reporting team:
Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, first place (and $1,000 prize)
Benjamin Fine Award for educational reporting, first place, series
American Chiropractic Association Health Journalism Award, first place, (and $1,000 prize),
Educational Press Association of America, distinguished achievement award
Unity Awards in Media for accurate exposure of issues affecting minorities and the disabled, first place, public affairs reporting
National Council on Crime and Delinquency Prevention for a Safer Society award,
Cleveland Chapter of Women in Communications, first place, feature series
Associated Press Society of Ohio enterprise reporting, second place
Associated Press Society of Ohio, community service, second place
Evert Clark Award for Science reporting, honorable mention