March 5, 2019

The Scripps Howard Foundation announced the winners Tuesday in 15 categories of its 66th awards, honoring the best in American journalism from the past year. The winners will be honored April 18 in Cincinnati. The finalists and winners were selected last month during judging at Poynter.

Here are the winners (links are included when applicable):

Breaking News: South Florida Sun Sentinel for “Parkland: A Breaking News Story that Demanded a Long-Term Commitment” — Coverage of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

Broadcast – Local Coverage: KNTV (San Jose, California) for “Transgender Kids: A Changing Student Body” — A story exploring the issue of transgender reassignment decisions.

Broadcast – National, International Coverage: MSNBC for “Putin’s Covert War” — An investigation into the main players in the 2016 election meddling story.

Business/Financial Reporting: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, NBC News Investigative Unit, Associated Press and more than 50 media partners for “Implant Files” — An investigation into the medical devices and implants industry and its related injuries and deaths.

Community Journalism: Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel for “The Devastation of TVA’s Coal Ash Spill” — Coverage of the workers who were sickened cleaning up the country’s worst coal ash spill.

Environmental Reporting: National Geographic for “Planet or Plastic?” — Reporting on the alarming volume of plastic in our world.

Distinguished Service to the First Amendment: The Dallas Morning News for “Pain and Profit” – An investigation into the failures in Texas’ privatized Medicaid system.

Human Interest Storytelling: The New York Times and ProPublica for “Blood Will Tell” – An investigation of a forensic technique used in the criminal justice system, despite concerns about its reliability.

Innovation: BBC for “Anatomy of a Killing” — A project that used forensic analysis of viral video footage to prove the occurrence of a series of executions in Cameroon, Africa.

Investigative Reporting: Reuters for “Myanmar Burning” — Reporting on the expulsion of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Multimedia Journalism: Frontline PBS and The GroundTruth Project for “The Last Generation: An Interactive Film on the Marshall Islands” — A collaborative reporting project on climate change and its effect on the population of the Marshall Islands.

Opinion: Palestine (Texas) Herald-Press for “What Are They Hiding?” — Commentary that questioned two issues affecting the Palestine community: an athletic commission’s treatment of a football player and the state of Texas’ rush to execute condemned prisoners.

Radio/Podcast: Michigan Radio for “Believed” — A podcast that tells the stories of survivors of abuse by former Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Topic of the Year: Midterm Elections: Vice News for “She’s Running” — A four-part web series on female candidates running for office in the 2018 midterm elections.

Visual Journalism: Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times for his newspaper photojournalism portfolio.

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Tom Jones is Poynter’s senior media writer for He was previously part of the Tampa Bay Times family during three stints over some 30…
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