SPJ Detroit Announces Excellence in Journalism Awards

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists handed out its Excellence in Journalism Awards at a banquet last Thursday (5/6) in Troy.

First place winners in broadcast included mix of commercial and non-commercial stations:

  • Breaking/Spot News Reporting: WWJ-AM (Detroit) – Dan Jenkins, Brian Larsen, Tony Ortiz, Jackie Paige, Jon Hewett for coverage of the Oxford School Shooting.
  • Community Reporting: Detroit Public Television – Rob Green, Greg King, Doug Clevenger, Laura Weber Davis, Jordan Wingrove for Birds vs Buildings.
  • Consumer/Watchdog/Investigative Reporting: WDET-FM (Detroit) – Eli Newman for Grieving Mother Seeks Answers After Detroit Police Investigation of Daughter’s Shooting Death.
  • Education Reporting: WDET-FM – Sascha Raiyn for Black Homeschoolers.
  • Environment Reporting: Detroit Public Television – Sandy McPhee, Nick Austin, Bill Allesee, Andrew Cutraro for Best Supporting Fish.
  • General News Reporting: WXYZ-TV – Brian Abel for MI National Guard Served Subpar Meals.
  • Health Reporting: WTVS-TV – Bill Kubota for The Covid Long Haulers.
  • News/Public Affairs (Regular Scheduled Programs): WTVS-TV – Daphne Hughes, Stephen Henderson, Bill Allesee, Chris Avery for American Black Journal.
  • Newscast: WDET-FM – Pat Batcheller for 6am News
  • Racial Justice Reporting: WDET-FM – Eli Newsman for How Detroit’s Case Against Black Lives Matter Protesters Fell Apart.
  • Sports Reporting: WTVS-TV – Bill Kubota for A City of Champions.
  • Videography: WKAR Public Media – Al Martin for Crown Boxing: A Fighting Chance.
  • Collaborative Coverage: Great Lakes News Collaborative (Michigan Radio, Detroit Public Television, Bridge Michigan, Circle of Blue) – Lester Graham, Kelly House, Brett Walton, Keith Schneider, Natasha Blakely for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Editorial Cartoon: Michigan Radio – John Autcher

A complete list of winners can be found here.