EWA Announces Winners of 2001 National Awards Contest

The Education Writers Association (EWA), the national professional association of education reporters and writers, today announced the winners of the 2001 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing. The annual contest honors the best education reporting in the print and broadcast media and is the only independent contest of its kind in the United States. Contest entries were limited to stories published or broadcast for the first time during the 2001 calendar year.

A total of 428 entries were judged in this year's contest. First place winners receive a cash prize of $250 and a plaque. Winners of second prizes and special citations each receive a certificate. The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, which includes an award of $1,000 and a plaque, will be presented to the best of the first-place winners. All prizes, including the announcement of the Grand Prize, are given at the awards banquet April 27 at 6:30 p.m. during the Education Writers Association's 55th National Seminar, April 25-27, 2002, at the Wyndham City Center Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Contest judging was conducted independently, under the direction of Chief Judge Chris Harvey of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. This year's panel of distinguished judges included: Steve Barkin, associate professor, Merrill College of Journalism; Alice Bonner, assistant professor, Merrill College of Journalism; Carol Guensburg, director, Journalism Fellowships in Child and Family Policy; Haynes Johnson, professor and Knight Chair, Merrill College of Journalism; Phyllis Jordan, education editor, Washington Post Maryland Desk; Sue Kopen Katcef, broadcast lecturer, Merrill College of Journalism; Rafael Lorente, reporter, South Florida Sun- Sentinel's Washington bureau; Carla McCoy, yearbook advisor and English teacher, Edmondson Westside High School in Baltimore; Tim McDonough, director of public affairs, American Council on Education; Deborah Potter, executive director, NewsLab; and Frank Quine, assistant dean, Merrill College of Journalism.

Recent winners of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting include Ken Weiss, Los Angeles Times; Tim Simmons, Raleigh News & Observer; Deb Kollars, Sacramento Bee; and Jacques Steinberg, The New York Times.

           Breaking News, Newspapers under 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Robbie Evans, Emeri O'Brien, Mark Rainwater, Seth Parsons,
               Nicholas Cole, Heather Wecsler - The News-Star, Monroe, La.-
               "School Violence Strikes Home"

  2nd Prize    Dan De Carbonel, Alex Davis, Stefanie Knowlton, Dana Haynes,
               Tara McLain, Peter Wong - Statesman Journal, Salem, Oreg.-
               "Bus, Truck Collide: 3 Still Hospitalized"

  Special      Eric Eyre - Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail - "Student
  Citation     Suspended for T-Shirts Opposing the Bombing of

              Feature, Newspapers under 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Mary Wiltenburg and Andy Nelson - The Christian Science
               Monitor - "Acting With Conviction"

  2nd Prize    Emily Bliss - New Times Broward-Palm Beach - "A Scout for

  Special      Deirdre Newman - Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, Calif. - "In the
  Citations    Classroom"; Jennifer Rose Marino - Savannah Morning News -
               "No Excuses"

   News Feature or Issue Package, Newspapers under 100,000 circulation

  1st Prize    Eric Fry - The Juneau Empire - "Mario Joins Columbus in

  2nd Prize    Jane Rider - The Missoulian, Missoula, Mont. - "Breaking the

  Special      Eric Eyre - Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail - "Talent Ignored:
  Citation     School System's Gifted Program Shuts Out African-American

    Series or Group of Articles, Newspapers under 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Kristen King - The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.  - "Special
               Education or Special Problems: Disabled or Labeled?"

  2nd Prize    Renee Moilanen - Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif. - "Keys to

  Special      Mary Beth Pfeiffer - Poughkeepsie Journal, N.Y. - "Just Say
  Citation     Yes? Children and Ritalin"

      Investigative Reporting, Newspapers under 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Nigel Jaquiss - Willamette Week, Portland, Oreg. - "The
               Poisoning of Whitaker"

  2nd Prize    Eric Eyre - Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail - "Students Flock
               to the Movies on School Time"

              Opinion, Newspapers under 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    D. Reed Eckhardt and Scott Smith - Wyoming Tribune-Eagle,
               Cheyenne, Wyo. - "School Accountability"

  2nd Prize    Jeff Ballinger - The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif. -
               "Columns on School Violence"

  Special      John P. Young - Waco Tribune-Herald, Tex.  - "Schools
  Citation     Suffering EDD"

            Special Section or Page under 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Jennifer Rose Marino and Mary Carr Mayle - Savannah Morning
               News - "Vision 2010"

  2nd Prize    Diane D'Amico - The Press of Atlantic City - "20 Years of
               Abbott vs. Burke"

  Special      Betsy Bethel, Linda Comins, Jennifer Compston, Kathy Fuller,
  Citation     Bonnie Ritz, Phyllis Sigal, Roger Warren, Heather Ziegler -
               The Intelligencer, Wheeling, W.V. - "Topics: Education"

            Breaking News, Newspapers over 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Kate Coscarelli, Ivelisse DeJesus, Sue Epstein, Tom Feeney,
               David Gibson, Kelly Heyboer, Patrick Jenkins, John P. Martin,
               Bev McCarron, John Mooney, Mary Jo Patterson, Michael Wattkis
               - The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J. - " Middletown Strike"

  2nd Prize    Susan Snyder, Dale Mezzacappa, James M. O'Neill, Frederick
               Cusick, Ovetta Wiggins, Amy Worden - Philadelphia Inquirer -
               "Edison School Takeover"

               Feature, Newspapers over 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Kent Fischer - St.Petersburg Times - "Teaching Chelsea How to

  2nd Prize    Ken Weiss - Los Angeles Times - "Eggs Buy a College

  Special      Mike Mosedale, City Pages, Minneapolis, Minn. - "Take Till it
  Citation     Hurts"

        News Feature Package, Newspapers over 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Kathleen Chapman and William M. Hartnett - The Palm Beach
               - "FCAT More a Measure of Wealth Than Performance"

  2nd Prize    Deb Kollars - The Sacramento Bee - "On Their Own"

  Special      Steven Carter and Janie Har -- The Oregonian (Portland) -
  Citations    "A Detour Before the Degree"
               Erik Lords - Detroit Free Press - "Blazes Ignite Worries in

               Series, Newspapers over 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Abby Goodnough - The New York Times - "Ms. Moffett's First

  2nd Prize    Betsy Hammond, Noelle Crombie, Jim Tankersley, Clifton
               Chestnut, Michael Ottey, Laura Gunderson, Holley Gilbert,
               Henry Stern, Paige Parker, Maya Blackmun, Christopher
               Broderick, Kay
               Balmer, Lynne Terry, Dan Aguayo -- The Oregonian, (Portland)
               - "Why Not the Best"

  Special      Brigid Schulte and Dan Keating -- The Washington Post --
  Citations    "A Growing Divide"
               Tim Simmons and Susan Ebbs - The News & Observer, Raleigh,
               N.C. - "The New Segregation"

       Investigative Reporting, Newspapers over 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Patrick Healy -- The Boston Globe --
               "Harvard's Quiet Secret: Rampant Grade Inflation"

  2nd Prize    Becky Beaupre, Kate N. Grossman, Rosalind Rossi --
               The Chicago Sun-Times - "Failing Teachers"

  Special      Ray Rivera -- The Seattle Times -- "Boy Paid to Disappear"
  Citations    Jacques Steinberg and Diana B. Henriques - The New York Times
               - "None of the Above"

               Opinion, Newspapers over 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Margaret Downing -- Houston Press -- "But Who's Counting"

  2nd Prize    Tim A. Chavez -- The Tennessean (Nashville) -- "Staying the
               Course: How Nashville's Immigrant Children
               Finally  Won Respect and Resources for a Fair Education"

             Special Section or Page over 100,000 Circulation

  1st Prize    Jennifer Rothacker and Celeste Smith - Charlotte Observer -
               "School Reassignment: Finding the Right School for Your

  2nd Prize    Maria Sacchetti, Keith Sharon, Sarah Tully Tapia - The Orange
               County Register, Calif. - "Primer for Parents"

                            National Magazine

  1st Prize    William C. Symonds, Ann Therese Palmer, Hilary Hylton -
               BusinessWeek - "How to Fix American Schools"

  2nd Prize    John Cloud and Jodie Morse - TIME Magazine -
               "Home Sweet School"

  Special      Barbara Kantrowitz - Newsweek - "The Kids Who Saw It All"

                         Regional/Local Magazine

  1st Prize    Mark Spencer - The Hartford Courant - "The Dream Factory"

  2nd Prize    Marc Fisher - The Washington Post - "Uncommon Knowledge"

                   Special Interest, Trade Publication

  1st Prize    Alexander Wohl -- American Educator -- "The School
               Marketplace - Has Commercialization Gone Too Far?"

  2nd Prize    Kevin Bushweller -- Education Week/ Teacher Magazine -- "The
               Return of Laura Marks"

                 Television - Hard News and Investigative

  1st Prize    Denise Eck, Chris Koeberl, Bernard Choi, Nickie Flynn - KWCH
               12 Eyewitness News, Wichita, Kansas - "Unauthorized Spending"

  2nd Prize    Richard Reeve, Bill Ditton, Kathleen Johnston, Gerry Lanosga
               - WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, In. - "Safe at School?"

  Special      Bernard Choi - KWCH-TV, Wichita, Kansas - "School Budget
  Citation     Breakdown"

                    Television-Documentary and Feature

  1st Prize    John Merrow and Donald Devet - The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,
               PBS - "Making the Grade"

  2nd Prize    Jeff Hirsh and Jeff Barnhill - WKRC-TV - "East End Heritage"


  1st Prize   Kathryn Baron - KQED-FM, San Francisco, Calif. - "The Testing
              of America: Education or Obsession"

  2nd Prize   Jody Becker - WBEZ, Chicago, Ill. - "The Big Idea: Students
              with Autism Attend College Prep"

  Special     Ellin O'Leary - Youth Radio, Berkeley, Calif. - "Making the
  Citation    Grade"

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