The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa

“Black Iowa: Still Unequal?”

  • Great Plains Journalism Awards, Beat Reporting
  • Coverage of Education, Second Place, Iowa Newspaper Association
  • News Story / Series, First Place, Iowa Newspaper Association, with staff
  • Leading the Way Award, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Register Star Award

FLORIDA TODAY, Melbourne, Florida

2013 Portfolio of Work

  • Beat Reporting, Second Place, National Awards for Education Reporting, Education Writers Association (Click for link)

George Zimmerman verdict coverage

  • Use of Social Media in Breaking News, First Place, Florida Society of News Editors, with Rick Neale, Craig Bailey, Steve Arnold and Jeff Meesey

Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon

Tim Sly Memorial Award, Statesman Journal

“The Experience Factor”

  • Education Reporting, First Place, Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest
  • Digital Innovation, First Place, Best of Gannett, Gannett Co.

“Oregon’s Financial Gamble”

  • Investigative Reporting, First Place, Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest
  • Best Enterprise Reporting, First Place, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association
  • Digital Innovation, Second Place, Best of Gannett, Gannett Co.

The St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Harold Schoelkopf Award, The St. Cloud Times

Special Report: Train Derailments

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

“Balancing Act”

  • Best Investigative Reporting, First Place, Minnesota Newspaper Association, with Kirsti Marohn

“Chlorine injures 38”

  • Best Local Story, First Place, Minnesota Newspaper Association, with Dave Aeikens, Kari Petrie, Frank Lee and David Unze

“DeSoto closes”

  • Best Local Story, Second Place, Minnesota Newspaper Association, with Kari Petrie and Lawrence Schumacher

Sauk Rapids bridge “charticle”

  • Best Use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustrations, Minnesota Newspaper Association, with Lisa Mueller

American University, Washington, D.C.

Magna Cum Laude and Honors

American News Women’s Club Scholarship Recipient

Hanna M. Sandler Award for Mathematics