2023 News (Large Newsroom) Finalists

See finalists listed in alphabetical order.

Howard Blume, Mackenzie Mays, Kevin Rector, Laurel Rosenhall, Priscella Vega & Hannah Wiley

Los Angeles Times

Deep Blue California Confronts Red State Education Issues 

Comments From the Judges:

“Powerful, clear and uncompromisingly focused on informing readers. Creative reporting strategies, including video, with transparency about methods and where information originated. Vivid language and compelling choices of angles and lines of reporting that capture the sweep of events and clash of political forces in California.”

“The series of articles about how conservatives have decided to focus on school boards in a blue state like California hits all the marks. In-depth reporting, interviews with everyone possibly involved, clear writing. Excellent coverage.”

Cheyanne Mumphrey & Juan Lozano

The Associated Press

A Black Student Was Suspended for His Hairstyle. The School Says It Wasn’t Discrimination

Comments From the Judges:

“Impressive example of staying on what quickly became a national story and as a result getting access to the people involved on a continuing basis. Stories told clearly and included both sides.”

“Elevated important issues related to culture, identity and race — about so much more than hair. Solid series of news stories, well-reported, thorough. Great context in [the] first story about the cultural importance of dreadlocks.”

Marcela Rodrigues & Philip Jankowski

The Dallas Morning News

DEI Dilemma: Inside Texas’ Fight to Ban Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Comments From the Judges:

“Extraordinary package of articles that uncovered important, unreported angles of the Texas ban on DEI offices and the potential ramifications. Clearly written, thoroughly reported, and fully contextualized coverage that anticipated news developments that would unfold over the coming months. Bravo.”

“These stories were a good reminder that on the ground – away from the political posturing – these programs do some good. They highlighted unintended consequences and also shed light on very real damage that can occur in people’s lives.”