The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter has recognized several KQED reporters and producers with 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards in nine categories. These awards honor outstanding reporting that embodies the Society of Professional Journalist’s ideals of initiative, integrity, talent and compassion.
The award highlights bestowed on the KQED staff include an “Outstanding Emerging Journalist” distinction for KQED News reporter Sukey Lewis, Olivia Allen-Price and the Bay Curious team for their work on the popular weekly podcast and radio series that explores listeners’ questions about underexplored aspects and mysteries of the Bay Area; KQED Arts’ Editor Gabe Meline for his deeply personal and widely shared essay on the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire, “It Could Have Been Any One of Us”; KQED News’ Adam Grossberg, Alex Emslie and David Weir for their work on the feature-length documentary, The Trials of Marvin Mutch, about a paroled Bay Area man and his reentry back into society after four decades behind bars; KQED Arts’ multimedia producer Kelly Whalen for her portfolio of arts videos; and Lisa Pickoff-White, Julie Small, Ingrid Becker and Dan Brekke for their California Report piece, “When Jail Becomes a Death Sentence,” about alarming suicide rates in San Diego County jails; just to name a few.
“It’s an extraordinary honor to have such a wide breadth of KQED reporters, producers, editors and projects recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists,” says Vice President for News, Holly Kernan. “At a time when regional journalism all over the country is challenged by economic, technological and political forces, Bay Area outlets and reporters manage to produce some of the best journalism in the world. To have so much of our reporting recognized in such a stellar field is a tremendous accomplishment for KQED.”
ARTS & CULTURE (print/online large division)
Emma Silvers of for “A New Guest at Your House Show: The Middleman”
ARTS & CULTURE (radio/audio)
Olivia Allen-Price and the Bay Curious team for the Bay Curious podcast and web series
COMMENTARY ANALYSIS (print/online)
Gabe Meline of KQED for “It Could Have Been Any One of Us”
EXPLANATORY JOURNALISM (radio/audio regional)
Carrie Feibel, Sasha Khokha, Victoria Mauleon and Suzie Racho for “Three Refugees, Three Journeys to California”
FEATURES AND LONGFORM STORYTELLING (radio/audio)
Lisa Morehouse of the California Foodways series for “75 Years Later, Japanese Americans Recall Incarceration, Forced Farm Labor”
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (radio/audio)
Lisa Pickoff-White, Julie Small, Ingrid Becker and Dan Brekke for “When Jail Becomes a Death Sentence”
VIDEO JOURNALISM (feature)
Adam Grossberg, Alex Emslie and David Weir for The Trials of Marvin Mutch
For a full list of 2017 Excellence in Journalism winners, read the Society for Professional Journalists’ press release here.