2020 Investigative Reporting (Larger Newsroom) Winner
Mandy McLaren | The Courier Journal
“JCPS Pulls Troubled Kids From Schools, Outraging Parents”
About the Entry
When is a child truly in crisis and what is a family’s breaking point? This investigation looks at the Jefferson County Public Schools’ murky process for identifying students for psychiatric evaluations, and how it’s been used punitively against some students.
Comments from the Judges
“Well done multimedia investigation that shocks all of the senses.”
“Truly revelatory reporting on a practice meant to help children that has instead devastated families. A story that would not have come to light without the reporter’s persistence and dedication.”