June 3, 2023 (WASHINGTON, DC)—The Education Writers Association is pleased to present the recipients of the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, the Ronald Moskowitz Prize for Outstanding Beat Reporting, and the EGF Accelerator’s Eddie Prize.
Recipients were announced on Saturday, June 3 during EWA’s 76th National Seminar in Atlanta. Click the links below to read the award-winning work and to view the judges’ comments.
The EGF Accelerator’s Eddie Prize was awarded to Camille Phillips, Fernando Ortiz Jr., Dan Katz & Jacob Rosati of Texas Public Radio for The Enduring Gap, a limited-series podcast commended by judges for centering student voices and helping to fill a void on research into Latino college completion. The award comes with an honorarium of $7,500.
The Ronald Moskowitz Prize for Outstanding Beat Reporting was awarded to Mike Hixenbaugh of NBC News Digital, who chronicled the nationwide movement to purge discussions about racism, sexuality and gender from America’s schools. The award comes with an honorarium of $2,500. The Moskowitz Prize is given to one of three journalists named the winners of the beat reporting categories of EWA’s National Awards for Education Reporting.
The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting was awarded to Jodi S. Cohen & Jennifer Smith Richards of ProPublica & Chicago Tribune for The Price Kids Pay, a collaborative investigation into how schools, legally prohibited from fining students for minor misbehavior, found a loophole in ticketing and police referrals. The award comes with an honorarium of $10,000. The winner was selected from among 14 category winners in the 2022 National Awards for Education Reporting.
The 2022 national awards competition was independently judged by a total of 118 current and former editors and reporters, many of whom are past recipients of prestigious journalism awards from EWA and others. EWA would like to thank all who entered the 2022 National Awards for Education Reporting and express our deep gratitude to the busy professionals who volunteered their time to evaluate this year’s many fine entries.