Journalism Awards

Mackenzie’s earned state, regional and national awards while working as a journalist in Minnesota, Oregon, Florida and Iowa:

The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa

“Black Iowa: Still Unequal?”

  • Great Plains Journalism Award, Beat Reporting
  • Iowa Newspaper Association Award, Coverage of Education
  • Iowa Newspaper Association Award, News Story / Series
  • Leading the Way Award, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Star Award, The Des Moines Register

FLORIDA TODAY, Melbourne, Florida

Portfolio of Work

  • National Award for Education Reporting, Education Writers Association, Beat Reporting (Click for link)

George Zimmerman verdict coverage

  • Florida Society of News Editors Award, Use of Social Media in Breaking News

Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon

  • Tim Sly Memorial Award, Statesman Journal

“The Experience Factor”

  • Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Award, Education Reporting
  • Best of Gannett Award, Digital Innovation

“Oregon’s Financial Gamble”

  • Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Award, Investigative Reporting
  • Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Award, Best Enterprise Reporting
  • Best of Gannett Award, Digital Innovation

The St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota

  • Harold Schoelkopf Award, The St. Cloud Times

Special Report: Train Derailments

  • Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Award, Newspaper Best Overall Package
  • Minnesota Newspaper Association Award, Freedom of Information
  • Minnesota Newspaper Association Award, Best Investigative Reporting
  • Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers Award, Outstanding Print Media

“Balancing Act”

  • Minnesota Newspaper Association Award, Best Investigative Reporting

“Chlorine injures 38”

  • Minnesota Newspaper Association Award, Best Local Story

“DeSoto closes”

  • Minnesota Newspaper Association Award, Best Local Story

Sauk Rapids bridge “charticle”

  • Minnesota Newspaper Association Award, Best Use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustrations

American University, Washington, D.C.

  • Magna Cum Laude and Honors
  • American News Women’s Club Scholarship Recipient
  • Hanna M. Sandler Award for Mathematics