2021 – Grand Awards

2021 Print Division


First Place and BEST IN SHOW
Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi
Tampa Bay Times
Judges’ comments: With a stunning hit-parade of police body cam footage and starkly written narrative, the Tampa Bay Times uncovers a shocking police practice that amounts to harassing potential wrongdoers from the unwelcoming precincts of Pasco County, Florida. Defending their brutish approach, police say they work with a nationally-recognized expert — who says he’s barely met anyone at the Pasco Sheriff’s office.



First Place and BEST IN SHOW
“The Long Road: An Exodus from Venezuela”
Marcus Yam and Alan Hagman
Los Angeles Times
Judges’ comments: A powerful storytelling image by a photographer who gained trust and access for his subjects. The photographer captures layers of agony on human sufferings. Each image was compelling and storytelling. The photo of a young woman sleeping on the road with her family still haunts me to see their dire journey.

2021 Broadcast Division


First Place and BEST IN SHOW
“The Flag and the Fury”
Shima Oliaee and Jad Abumrad
Osm Audio & WNYC’s Radiolab
Judges’ comments: WNYC and Osm Audio do a pitch perfect job in reporting both angles to an emotional topic. Overall, this is an amazing mix of storytelling and historical audio clips folded in that illustrates what the Confederate flag means to many people.


First Place and BEST IN SHOW
“Desperate Journey”
PBS NewsHour staff
PBS NewsHour
Judges’ comments: Extraordinary, embedded, risk-filled documentary of what refugees are going through as they navigate jungles and rivers heading north to the US. Exceptional reporting and documenting.A daring, danger-filled documentation of what many refugees are going through with a degree of difficulty unmatched by competitors.


2021 Online Division


First Place and BEST IN SHOW
“The CIA’s Afghan Death Squad”
Andrew Quilty
The Intercept
Judges’ comments: This shocking and meticulously reported story exposed the CIA-supported murders of dozens of Afghan children and civilians that can only be described as unprosecuted war crimes. Reporter Andrew Quilty painstakingly pieced together one of the darkest chapters of the Afghanistan War, where women and children as young as eight were summarily executed by CIA-trained paramilitary units that were supported by American air power and advisers – who helped select civilian targets, called “jackpots,” in 10 raids.