2016 Excellence Awards Announced

We're proud of the recognition our students get from outside entities, from their Emmy Award nominations to their Online News Association prizes. But every year we convene our own people--J-School teachers and alums--to decide whom they want to single out for outstanding work that exemplifies what the School itself most values. These are the Excellence Awards, given by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to recognize student journalism that combines professional quality with public importance. Here are the 2016 winners: Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting Melissa Batchelor Warnke, UC Harassment Inquiry Shows System’s Shortcomings, Faculty Say (San Francisco Chronicle) Lucas Waldron, Oakland's Perfect Storm (East Bay Express) Robert Whittington Award for Exceptional Reporting Libby Leyden, After Her Own Tragic Loss, Lorrain Taylor Charts a Path for Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Gun Violence (Oakland North) Lacy Roberts, Luisa Conlon, and Hanna Miller, What It’s Like to Leave Iraq for a Life in America (The Atlantic) Felker Award for Excellence in Long-Form Print Journalism Mallory Pickett, One Swede Will Kill Cash Forever—Unless His Foe Saves It From Extinction (WIRED) Wayne F. Miller Award for Excellence in Photojournalism Martin Totland, The Mechanics of Extinction: Rhino Poaching in Mozambique North Gate Award for Excellence in Video Reporting and Production Gina Pollack, Undue Burden North Gate Award for Excellence in Audio Reporting and Production Laura Klivans, Imaginary Friends: Helpful or Harmful? Jessica Lum Memorial Award for Excellence in Multimedia Reporting and Production Rachel Hiles and Nina Zou, Chasing Lithium North Gate Award for Excellence in Documentary Production Deana Mitchell, Before Dawn/After Don Romin Johnson, Paparon Daphne Matziaraki, 4.1 Miles Edwin Bayley Prize for Excellence in Government or Political Reporting Melina Tupa, The Search Knight Award for Best Piece of Narrative Journalism on a Science or Environmental Subject Rachel Hiles and Nina Zou, Chasing Lithium Gobind Behari Lal Award for Excellence in Reporting on a Science or Health Related Story Laura Klivans, Imaginary Friends: Helpful or Harmful? Reva and David Logan Prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting Nadine Sebai, Outbreak Susan Rasky Award for Journalistic Excellence Melina Tupa, The Search   Alumni and Faculty Judges Orlando Bagwell, Graduate School of Journalism Casey Capachi, CNN Julia Chan, CNN Teresa Chin, Youth Radio Emma Cott, New York Times Nancy DeVille, Freelance Journalist Edwin Dobb, Graduate School of Journalism Linnea Edmeier, Capital Public Radio Deirdre English, Graduate School of Journalism Caitlin Esch, Marketplace Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune Wendi Jonassen, Fusion Talia Kennedy, Apple Queena Kim, KQED Bo Hee Kim, Vox Robert Lewis, WNYC Ken Light, Graduate School of Journalism Sarah McClure, Fusion Jessica Meyers, Boston Globe Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report Samson Reiny, NASA Ian Sherr, CNET Brian Storm, MediaStorm Heather Tuggle, ABC 7, San Francisco Matt Wheeland, Freelance Journalist

We're proud of the recognition our students get from outside entities, from their Emmy Award nominations to their Online News Association prizes. But every year we convene our own people--J-School teachers and alums--to decide whom they want to single out for outstanding work that exemplifies what the School itself most values. These are the Excellence Awards, given by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to recognize student journalism that combines professional quality with public importance.

Here are the 2016 winners:


Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting

Melissa Batchelor Warnke, UC Harassment Inquiry Shows System’s Shortcomings, Faculty Say (San Francisco Chronicle)

Lucas Waldron, Oakland's Perfect Storm (East Bay Express)

Robert Whittington Award for Exceptional Reporting

Libby Leyden, After Her Own Tragic Loss, Lorrain Taylor Charts a Path for Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Gun Violence (Oakland North)

Lacy Roberts, Luisa Conlon, and Hanna Miller, What It’s Like to Leave Iraq for a Life in America (The Atlantic)

Felker Award for Excellence in Long-Form Print Journalism

Mallory Pickett, One Swede Will Kill Cash Forever—Unless His Foe Saves It From Extinction (WIRED)

Wayne F. Miller Award for Excellence in Photojournalism

Martin Totland, The Mechanics of Extinction: Rhino Poaching in Mozambique

North Gate Award for Excellence in Video Reporting and Production

Gina Pollack, Undue Burden

North Gate Award for Excellence in Audio Reporting and Production

Laura Klivans, Imaginary Friends: Helpful or Harmful?

Jessica Lum Memorial Award for Excellence in Multimedia Reporting and Production

Rachel Hiles and Nina Zou, Chasing Lithium

North Gate Award for Excellence in Documentary Production

Deana Mitchell, Before Dawn/After Don

Romin Johnson, Paparon

Daphne Matziaraki, 4.1 Miles

Edwin Bayley Prize for Excellence in Government or Political Reporting

Melina Tupa, The Search

Knight Award for Best Piece of Narrative Journalism on a Science or Environmental Subject

Rachel Hiles and Nina Zou, Chasing Lithium

Gobind Behari Lal Award for Excellence in Reporting on a Science or Health Related Story

Laura Klivans, Imaginary Friends: Helpful or Harmful?

Reva and David Logan Prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting

Nadine Sebai, Outbreak

Susan Rasky Award for Journalistic Excellence

Melina Tupa, The Search

 

Alumni and Faculty Judges

Orlando Bagwell, Graduate School of Journalism
Casey Capachi, CNN
Julia Chan, CNN
Teresa Chin, Youth Radio
Emma Cott, New York Times
Nancy DeVille, Freelance Journalist
Edwin Dobb, Graduate School of Journalism
Linnea Edmeier, Capital Public Radio
Deirdre English, Graduate School of Journalism
Caitlin Esch, Marketplace
Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune
Wendi Jonassen, Fusion
Talia Kennedy, Apple
Queena Kim, KQED
Bo Hee Kim, Vox
Robert Lewis, WNYC
Ken Light, Graduate School of Journalism
Sarah McClure, Fusion
Jessica Meyers, Boston Globe
Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report
Samson Reiny, NASA
Ian Sherr, CNET
Brian Storm, MediaStorm
Heather Tuggle, ABC 7, San Francisco
Matt Wheeland, Freelance Journalist