Four separate Center for Public Integrity investigative projects — involving political money, the Trump Administration, nuclear safety and climate change — have been honored by the National Headliner Awards, one of America’s oldest journalism competitions.
Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards were first awarded the following year and have since presented more than 2,000 Headliner medallions honoring outstanding work.
The Center’s efforts were winners in three different categories, and placed third in another.
“We are especially honored to be recognized across so many subject areas,” said Center for Public Integrity CEO John Dunbar. “I’m extremely proud of our staff.”
The Center’s federal politics team garnered two first prizes. First Place/Political Blog went to Dave Levinthal, Carrie Levine and Chris Zubak-Skees for the “Buying of the President” project, which tracked the candidates, committees and nonprofits that made the 2016 presidential election the most expensive in history — then continued to hold President Trump accountable for his actions during his transition and the early days of his administration.
And First Place/Social Media went to “#CitizenSleuth,” a joint effort by the Center and REVEAL from the Center for Investigative Reporting. That project created a searchable, sortable and public database of hundreds of Trump administration financial disclosures that turned into multiple stories, with help from numerous reader tips.
The Center’s National Security team was also a winner. First Place/Online Investigative Reporting was awarded to Patrick Malone, Peter Cary and R. Jeffrey Smith for “Nuclear Negligence,” a frightening six-part series detailing safety woes at U.S. nuclear weapons sites run by corporate contractors.
A third place citation for Online Beat Coverage went to the Center’s environmental team for “Carbon Wars,” a project illuminating the energy industry’s efforts to maintain its lucrative franchises in the wake of climate change.
Among the other Headliners winners were CNN, ESPN, NBC News, USA TODAY, the Tampa Bay Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the New York Daily News, the Boston Globe and the Miami Herald.
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