Awards Announced for Outstanding Education Journalism in ’99

March 08, 2000 3 min read

Articles on testing, desegregation, and early-childhood education are among the winners of the 1999 National Awards for Education Reporting, announced last week by the Education Writers Association.

The awards, honoring coverage of education by print and broadcast journalists, were chosen from 459 entries and were selected by a panel of reporters, editors, college professors, and educators.

First-place winners will receive $250 and a plaque. Second-place winners will receive a certificate.

An overall award chosen from among the winners, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, will be presented at the EWA’s annual convention in Atlanta next month.

Education Week received a special citation in the special interest/trade publication category, to which the newspaper is assigned, for its yearlong series about the development of public education over the past 100 years, Lessons of a Century. The winning entry in that category was an article, “Generation of Cheaters,” by Kevin Bushweller, in the American School Board Journal.

Other first-place winners are:

Newspapers over 100,000 circulation:

Breaking news: “Deciding Desegregation,” by Celeste Smith, Debbie Cenziper, Jennifer Wing Rothacker, and Ted Mellnik, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.

Features: “A Life’s Lesson,” by Chris Moran, The San Diego Union-Tribune.

News feature or issue package: “Educating Alex,” by John Gittelsohn and Bruce Chambers, The Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Series or group of articles: “Worlds Apart,” by Tim Simmons, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

Investigative reporting: “Dirty Secrets,” by Jane Elizabeth Zemel and Steve Twedt, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Opinion: “Early Childhood Well-Being,” by Linda Valdez, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix.

Special section or page: “3 to 6: The Teen Alone Zone,” by Kate Taylor, Lisa Daniels, Robin Franzen, Gillian Gaynair, Spencer Heinz, Romel Hernandez, Inara Verzemnieks, Chris Broderick, and Susan Gage, The Oregonian, Portland.

Newspapers under 100,000 circulation:

Breaking news: “A War Over Words,” by Jennifer Rose Marino, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News.

Features: “No Way Out,” by Kathryn C. Eastburn, Colorado Springs (Colo.) Independent.

News feature or issue package: “None of the Above,” by Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week, Portland, Ore.

Series or group of articles: “Reinventing Our Public Schools,” by Marjorie Coeyman, Stephanie Cook, Mark Clayton, and Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor.

Investigative reporting (tie): “A System Padded With Patronage,” by Sean Patrick Lyons and staff, Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American; and “Investigation of University of Colorado President,” by Brian Hansen, Pamela White, Terje Langeland, Mark Collins, and Amanda Hill, Colorado Daily, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Opinion: “Rx for taas,” by John P. Young, Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald.

Special section or page: “Heralding the New Millennium,” by Carol Trapani, Kathleen Norton, Dolores Pinto, John A. Torres, Michelle Vellucci, and others, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal.


National magazine article: “Schooling the Imagination,” by Todd Oppenheimer, TheAtlantic Monthly.

Regional/local magazine article: “Hitting the Books,” by Jennifer O’Donnell, Tidewater Parent, Virginia Beach, Va.


Hard news and investigative coverage, television: “Teacher Shortage: False Alarm?,” by John Merrow, John D. Tulenko, Ivan Crowther, and Merill Stern, “The Merrow Report,” PBS.

Documentary and feature, TV: “Secrets of the SAT,” by Michael Chandler and Sharon Tiller, WGBH Frontline West, Berkeley, Calif.

Radio: “Education Reform,” by Kathryn Baron, KQED-FM, San Francisco.

—Alan Richard

A version of this article appeared in the March 08, 2000 edition of Education Week as Awards Announced for Outstanding Education Journalism in ’99