Michigan Radio Wins SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards


The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of this year’s Excellence in Journalism Awards. Michigan Radio reporters and contributors were recognized in four different categories.

First place in the Collaborative Coverage category went to the Great Lakes News Collaborative. This joint effort between Michigan Radio, Bridge Michigan, Circle of Blue and Detroit Public Television examines the impact of climate change on the Great Lakes region. Regarding this collaboration, the judges commented: “Thorough and informative, it left no stone unturned. Kudos to those media who have come together for the greater good of keeping the public well informed.

Michigan Radio editorial cartoonist John Auchter also won first place in the Editorial Cartoon category. Auchter’s Art appears every Friday on the Michigan Radio website.

Journalist Beenish Ahmed was a finalist for the Sojourner Truth Award in Topical Reporting for her story, “A year after the murder of George Floyd, a Metro Detroit family reflects on racial profiling.

And data journalist Nisa Khan was one of three finalists for the SPJ’s Young Journalist of the Year award. Khan reports on data-driven stories and works with other news staff to acquire and analyze data to support their journalism.

The Detroit Chapter of SPJ announced this year’s winners at its annual awards banquet on Thursday, May 5 at the San Marino Club in Troy.


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