First Prize

David Jesse Higher Education Coverage
Beat Reporting (Medium Staff)

Entry Credit

  • David Jesse, Detroit Free Press

About the Entry

David Jesse’s deep sourcing among Michigan’s higher education community allowed him to break many scoops in 2018, about the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University, and problems with the way the University of Michigan invests its endowment.

Comments from the Judges

“Great accountability and investigative reporting on a public institution … Much-needed reporting that made a difference to local readers as well as nationally.”

“Impressive amounts of research and reporting … The reporter really digs deep in every way — research, records requests, interviews with sources — owns the material and then lays it all out for the reader.”

“These stories are stunning revelations about the reaction to sex abuse scandals at Michigan State, detailing the callousness of officials … And the report on the University of Michigan’s investing practices was deeply reported and quite shocking.”

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