2023 Beat Reporting (Large Newsroom) Finalists

See finalists listed in alphabetical order.

Laura Meckler

The Washington Post

Confronting Challenges in Education

Comments From the Judges:

“Lots of lovely writing and strong reporting here — and deep examination of tough topics, like the one about the incident that went viral on social media. Also loved the story about the fact that many home-school students aren’t being taught by their parents — felt like a fresh take on the homeschool trend, and a fascinating and important one.”

“This entry contains a wide variety of education issues and is well-written and reported. The stories contain depth and nuance. The home schooling stories were very strong – providing solid information about the research results and crediting readers with being able to decide the issues for themselves.”

Talia Richman

The Dallas Morning News

Talia Richman Beat Reporting

Comments From the Judges:

“Assured writing about important topics. Most impressive was her story of a middle school student who was suspended for raising concerns about school safety. The story was carefully reported, powerfully told, and ultimately helped spur changes to the district’s discipline policies.”

“Wide variety of topics and all of them were handled very well. These stories have it all: solid reporting, terrific writing and storytelling and the stories appear to have helped change policy.”

Bianca Vázquez Toness

The Associated Press

Centering Kids and Families: Bianca Vázquez Toness’ Work

Comments From the Judges:

“Powerful reporting that sheds light on the causes of students’ post-pandemic struggles and the lasting damage it’s caused. Vázquez Toness clearly went to great lengths to identify parents’ whose voices too often go unheard and to tell their stories thoughtfully.”

“All of these stories help us understand not just what is happening in terms of students missing school, but why, on a nuanced level that combines data and personal experiences of students, teachers and parents.”