2021 Beat Reporting (Midsize Newsroom) Finalists

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Mila Koumpilova
Chalkbeat Chicago

Mila Koumpilova: Beat Reporting

Comments from the Judges

“A solid package of essential reporting during the pandemic recovery period, expertly told and substantiated with the perfect balance of data and on-the-ground reporting. I felt like I was being parachuted into schools, neighborhoods and the lives of vulnerable students.”

“Three Black and Latino teens, Leonel Gonzalez, Derrick Magee and Nathaniel Martinez, took my breath away, and [I] even got teary-eyed in this extraordinary story by Mila Koumpilova. Wow. The other stories in this group were exemplary as well.”

Olivia Krauth
The Courier Journal

Olivia Krauth: Beat Reporting

Comments from the Judges

“Olivia Krauth’s coverage of the education beat for the Louisville Courier Journal provided readers with well-researched, compelling stories that cut through the fog to make sense of a difficult year and divisive issues. And she communicated with readers through a variety of channels, including social media and a newsletter, to serve their needs for reliable information. The public and policymakers alike are fortunate to have Krauth on the education beat.”

“Olivia’s reporting demonstrates the nuts and bolts of local beat reporting as a metro daily (vs. a trade publication), and her use of a multi-platform approach to elevate her reporting and engage readers in her community is particularly notable; she has obviously achieved what beat reporters should be: to be a go-to valuable voice in their community.”

Kate McGee
The Texas Tribune

Higher Education in Texas

Comments from the Judges

“This package demonstrates dogged reporting, sharp use of public records requests to highlight many corners of the university systems that operate behind the curtains. The writing was crisp and impactful, and the mix of stories show the range of a strong beat reporter.”

“Kate McGee of The Texas Tribune skillfully used public records to provide insights into issues that many public officials wanted to conceal, ranging from the Eyes of Texas song controversy to the rise of Liberty Institute to the early departure of a university president. Her relentless digging, combined with clear writing, served the public well.”