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Awards & Honors Committee Chair

Andrew Seaman
Bio (click to expand) Andrew is a medical journalist for Reuters Health in New York. Before coming to Reuters Health, he was a Kaiser Media Fellow at Reuters’s Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2011, Andrew graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied investigative journalism as a Stabile Fellow and was named “Student of the Year.” Andrew also graduated with his B.A. from Wilkes University in 2011.

He’s won numerous awards throughout his short career, including being named a 2010 Tom Bigler Scholar for ethical standards in journalism, the 2009 Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award, the 2009 and the Arthur H. Barlow National Student Journalist of the Year Award.

2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

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Judges chose the winners from more than 1,700 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2012.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Newspaper/Wire Services

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
“Superstorm Sandy,” by Staff, The Wall Street Journal
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Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000)
“Superstorm Sandy at the Jersey Shore,” by Staff, Asbury Park Press
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Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-50,000)
“Former soldier held in deaths,” by Mark Collette, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
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Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
“Death Trap,” by Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)
“Zero Day,” by Robert O'Harrow, Jr, The Washington Post
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
“Storm of Money,” by Tony Bartelme, The Post and Courier
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
“The atrocity of forced, live organ harvesting in China,” by Matthew Robertson, The Epoch Times
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
“Exclusive interview with Hamas,” by Larry Cohler-Esses, Forward
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Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
“Prognosis: Profits,” by Ames Alexander, Karen Garloch, Joseph Neff and David Raynor, The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer
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Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
“Cash Crop,” by Marc Perrusquia and Grant Smith, The Commercial Appeal
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Investigative Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
“No Small Thing,” by Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Poughkeepsie Journal
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Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
“Exposing sex abuse in the Orthodox community,” by Paul Berger, Forward
Read online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
“Never Let Go,” by Kelley Benham, Tampa Bay Times
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Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
“Tempest in My Soul,” by Joan Garrett, Chattanooga Times Free Press
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Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
“12-14-12,” by Staff, The News-Times
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Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
“The Battle of Remington Lane,” by Terrence McCoy, Houston Press
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Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Tom Condon, Maura Casey, Henry McNulty and Robert K. Schrepf, The Hartford Courant
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Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
“War on coal,” by Jamie Lucke, Lexington Herald-Leader
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Washington Correspondence
“Capitol Assets,” by David S. Fallis, Scott Higham, Kimberly Kindy and Dan Keating, The Washington Post
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Foreign Correspondence
“Honduras,” by Alberto Arce, The Associated Press
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General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Jim Dwyer, The New York Times
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General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
Steve Matrazzo, The Dundalk Eagle
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Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
Tom Archdeacon, Dayton Daily News
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Sports Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)
Matt Calkins, The Columbian
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Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 100,001+)
“Forensic Science,” by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post
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Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 50,001-100,000)
“Children in Peril,” by Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times of Northwest Indiana
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Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation 1-50,000)
“Making a Difference in the Life of Every Child,” by Staff, Springfield News-Leader
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Public Service Journalism (Non-Daily Publication)
“Fire and failure: the Waldo Canyon tragedy,” by Pam Zubeck, Colorado Springs Independent
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Magazines

Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)
“Duping the Donors,” by David Evans, Bloomberg Markets
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Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
“Crime, No Punishment,” by Lilly Rockwell, Florida Trend
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Magazine Writing (National Circulation)
“The Yankee Comandante,” by David Grann, The New Yorker
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Magazine Writing (Regional/Local Circulation)
“New York vs. Boston: The End Game,” by Neil Swidey, The Boston Globe Magazine
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Public Service in Magazine Journalism (National Circulation)
“Danger on Your Dinner Plate,” by Stephanie Armour, John Lippert and Michael Smith, Bloomberg Markets
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Public Service in Magazine Journalism (Regional/Local Circulation)
“Life On the List,” by Emily DePrang, The Texas Observer
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Art/Graphics

Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

“Death at a Birthday Party,” by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune


Breaking News Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

“Tropical Storm Debby,” by Brad McClenny, The Gainesville Sun


Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune
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Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal
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Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

“Beyond 7 Billion,” by Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times
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Feature Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

“Tom Douglas,” by Marcus Donner, Puget Sound Business Journal
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Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)
“Conventional Wisdom,” by Don Morris, Lee Glynn, Steve Madden and Darla Cameron, Tampa Bay Times
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Informational Graphics (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)
“Tragedy on I-75,” by Staff, The Gainesville Sun
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Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 100,001+, Affiliated Website, National Magazine)

“Gift of Gabby,” by Peter Read Miller, Sports Illustrated


Sports Photography (Newspaper Circulation 1-100,000, Regional Magazine, Non-Daily Publication or Online Independent)

“Saturday Bloody Saturday,” by Doug Finger, The Gainesville Sun
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Radio

Breaking News Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
“Los Angeles VA Has Made Millions on Rental Deals,” by Ina Jaffe, Quinn O’Toole and Steven Drummond, NPR
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Investigative Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
“Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear ‘Crushed Like A Beer Can’,” by John Ryan and Jim Gates, KUOW-FM
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Investigative Reporting (101+ Market)
“Naming the Fralin,” by Sandy Hausman, WVTF and Radio IQ


Feature Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
“The weight of the city's violence, on one school principal,” by Linda Lutton, Cate Cahan and Sally Eisele, WBEZ Chicago Public Media


Feature Reporting (101+ Market)
“My Cancer,” by Lance Orozco, KCLU AM/FM
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Documentaries (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
“As Black as We Wish to Be,” by Lu Olkowski, Laura Spero, Taki Telonidis and Al Letson, NPR's State of the Re:Union distributed by PRX
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Documentaries (101+ Market)
“Winds of Change,” by Pat Duggins, Ryan Vasquez, Maggie Martin and Stan Ingold, Alabama Public Radio


Public Service in Radio Journalism (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)
“If it's legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,” by Staff, KPLU Public Radio
Listen/Read online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Public Service in Radio Journalism (101+ Market)
“State struggled at fire prevention ahead of Manorville blaze,” by Charles Lane and Naomi Starobin, WSHU Public Radio

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Television

Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
“Chardon School Shooting,” by Staff, WKYC


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Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
“Hubig's Pie Factory Fire,” by Travers Mackel, Bryan McCann, Keith Bliven and Jonathan Shelley, WDSU


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Breaking News Coverage (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
“Hurricane Sandy,” by Staff of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News


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Documentaries (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
“Heat and Harvest,” by Mark Schapiro, Serene Fang, Gabriela Quiros and Craig Miller, KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting


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Documentaries (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
“Disappearing Defenses,” by John Snell and Paul Rodgers, WVUE-TV


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Documentaries (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
“Semper Fi: Always Faithful,” by Rachel Libert, Tony Hardmon, Vicki Sufian and Scott Hooker, MSNBC


Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
“Ali's Guiding Lights,” by Joe Fryer, Matt Mrozinski, Pete Cassam and Eric Wold, KING-TV


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Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
“Who Are Those Guys?” by Eric Hanson and Glen Biermann, KCCI-TV


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Feature Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, “On The Road,” Steve Hartman and Miles Doran, CBS Evening News


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Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
“Critical Delays: Dallas County’s Response to the West Nile Epidemic,” by Scott Friedman, Eva Parks, Peter Hull and Shane Allen, NBC 5/KXAS-TV


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Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)
“Got Guardrails,” by Jordan Williams, Israel Alfaro and Jenny Martinez, KRGV-TV


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Investigative Reporting (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
“Crossing the Line at the Border,” by John Larson, Brian Epstein, John Carlos Frey and Marc Rosenwasser, Need to Know/WNET in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute


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Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station, 1-50 market)
“Guessing Pensions: San Jose's Fuzzy Math,” by Jenna Susko, Julie Putnam and Mark Villarreal NBC Bay Area/KNTV


Watch online [nbcbayarea.com]


Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station, 51+ market)
“Newtok: Village on the Edge,” by Rhonda McBride and Eric Sowl, KTUU-TV Anchorage


Watch online [ktuu.com]: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Public Service in Television Journalism (Network/Syndication Service/Program Service)
“ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America,” by Renata Simone, WGBH/FRONTLINE


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Newsletters

Public Service in Newsletter Journalism
“The Ugly Side of the U.S. Oil and Gas Boom,” by Brian Hansen, The McGraw-Hill Companies/Platts
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Research

Research about Journalism
“Out of the News: Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis,” by Celia Viggo Wexler

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Online Reporting

Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
“All clear: CSU Fullerton lockdown lifted,” by Olsen Ebright, Melissa Pamer, Samantha Tata and Vikki Vargas, NBC4 Southern California
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Deadline Reporting (Independent)
SCOTUSblog’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, by Staff, SCOTUSblog
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Investigative Reporting (Affiliated)
“Big Sky, Big Money,” by Staffs, WGBH/FRONTLINE, ProPublica and Marketplace
Read online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11


Investigative Reporting (Independent)
“Skin & Bone: The Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts,” by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Center for Public Integrity
Read online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Non-Deadline Reporting (Affiliated)
“America Under the Gun: A Special Report on Gun Laws and the Rise of Mass Shootings,” by Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen and Deanna Pan, Mother Jones
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Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent)
“Hard Labor,” by Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene, Center for Public Integrity
Read online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


Online Column Writing (Affiliated)
Chrystia Freeland, Reuters
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Online Column Writing (Independent)
Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post
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Digital Audio
“Taken for a Ride in Jerusalem,” by Daniel Estrin, Tablet Magazine
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Audio Slide Show
“Suburban junkies,” by Center for Investigative Reporting, KQED and independent reporters and producers
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Digital Video
“Fertile Ground,” by Thanh Tan, Emily Ramshaw and Justin Dehn, Texas Tribune Watch Online: Link


Public Service in Online Journalism (Affiliated)
“Beef's Raw Edges,” by Mike McGraw and Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star
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Public Service in Online Journalism (Independent)
“Mystery in the Fields,” by Sasha Chavkin, Anna Barry-Jester and Ronnie Greene, Center for Public Integrity
Read online: Link 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Specialized Journalism Site
Black Gold Boom, by Todd Melby, Prairie Public, Zeega, AIR
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