NPR, Ohio Valley ReSource Honored For Black Lung Investigation Tuesday, Apr 4 2017 

Investigative Reporters and Editors has honored NPR’s Howard Berkes and the Ohio Valley ReSource for reporting on the resurgence of black lung cases in Appalachia.

ReSource reporter Benny Becker worked with Berkes to gather data and interviews for an NPR investigation that documented far more cases of complicated black lung — the worst stage of the disease — than the federal research agency tracking it had identified.

IRE gave the story the national award in the large market radio category.

The IRE judges said Berkes discovered that the number of cases was 10 times higher than the official count, mainly because the federal government was tracking only working miners.

“But its methodology missed hundreds of miners who needed their paychecks and waited to go to clinics to seek federal benefits until they were laid off, their mines closed, or they were too sick to work,” the IRE contest judges noted.

The reporting also found that the disease is striking younger coal miners.

Becker produced this poignant audio profile of one such miner, Mackie Branham Jr., whose commitment to his family and community come through even as he labors for breath. Data reporter Alexandra Kanik produced graphics demonstrating the maze-like process miners face when seeking black lung benefits, and the amount of aid that has come to the Ohio Valley region.

The reporting sparked an outpouring of concern for Branham and renewed interest in study and funding for black lung disease monitoring and treatment.

A recent letter from a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives noted that funding for black lung clinics has been frozen for years, and many are stuck with outdated diagnostic equipment.

NPR and the ReSource are committed to pursing further developments in this issue, which has important implications for the health of miners and the economics of mining communities.

IRE also honored work by the ReSource’s colleagues at the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Reporter Kate Howard took a top honor for her coverage of the University of Louisville. This is the second year that KyCIR won the national award in the small market radio category.

IRE was founded in 1975 as a grassroots, nonprofit organization with a mission to foster excellence in investigative journalism.

The Cardinal wins 24 awards at Louisville SPJ awards Tuesday, Jul 5 2016 

The Louisville Cardinal took home some hardware last Thursday at the Louisville Metro Society of Professional Journalists’ annual banquet.

The Cardinal took home 24 awards, a record-breaking number for the paper and more than double the number won last year.

Here’s a list of what Cardinal staffers won. For a full list, visit the SPJ Louisville website here. All awards were in the college division.


-Best Overall Design – First Place – Sarah Rohleder and Olivia Krauth

-Front Page Layout – First Place – Sarah Rohleder, Jacob Abrahamson and Olivia Krauth

-Graphic Illustration – Third Place – Jared Wagner

-Informational Graphic – Third Place – Megg Ward

-Informational Graphic – First Place – Jacob Abrahamson

-Sports Page Layout – Third Place – Noah Allison

-Sports Page Layout – First Place – Noah Allison

-Feature story – Third Place – Maggie Little

-Review – First Place – Sarah Rohleder

-News story – Second Place – Kyeland Jackson, Sarah Rohleder and Ben Spicer

-Commentary – Second Place – Olivia Krauth

-Editorial – Second Place – Nick Amon

-Editorial Cartoon – First Place – Madeline Weiner

-Sports Column – First Place – Sam Draut

-News Photo  – Second Place – Wade Morgen

-News Photo – First Place – Wade Morgen

-Photo Story – Second Place – Rachel Essa

-Photo Story – First Place – Austin Lassell

-Sports Photo – Second Place – Austin Lassell

-Sports Photo – First Place – Austin Lassell

-Sports Feature Story – Third Place – Sam Draut

-Sports Game Story – Second Place – Sam Draut

-Sports Game Story – First Place – Sam Draut

-Overall Website – Second Place – Olivia Krauth

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Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Wins Top Regional Journalism Awards Monday, Jun 6 2016 

WFPL’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting received several top honors in the annual Green Eyeshade awards contest, which recognizes the best journalism in the southeastern United States.

The newsroom won awards in three categories — radio, online and public service — for three different projects. Reporter R.G. Dunlop was involved in each award-winning series.

In the radio investigative category, Dunlop and WFPL Metro Affairs Reporter Jacob Ryan took first place for their “No-Jail Jailers” series, a collaboration that exposed the state’s wasteful, nepotism-laced jailer system.

Dunlop’s “Trouble Behind Bars” series, which revealed preventable jail deaths that provoked little to no follow-up as well as failures at all levels of government, earned a first place honor in the radio public service category.

For the top online investigative reporting category, KyCIR earned second and third place awards. Dunlop’s exclusive reports on the Carrollton Police Department’s banishment of a mentally ill man to Florida received a second place nod, and his jail health care stories earned an additional award.

“These awards are further evidence that independent watchdog journalism is alive and well in Kentucky,” said Lousiville Public Media President Donovan Reynolds, who created the investigative newsroom less than three years ago. “They recognize the growing impact and relevance of the work of KyCIR at a time when quality investigative journalism is needed more than ever.”

Last year, the newsroom won two Green Eyeshades, a contest administered by the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards honor the best journalism in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

PHOTOS: A&S Celebrates Outstanding Faculty Members Thursday, Mar 10 2016 

Spring-themed center pieces decorated the tables. Photo by Rachel Knue. Photo by Rachel Knue. The faculty and staff members enjoying refreshments before the awards are handed out.

Photo by Rachel Knue. Dr. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, introducing the winners. 

Photo by Rachel Knue. Professor Mark Austin accepts the A&S Distinguished Faculty award for Full-time Teaching. 

Photo by Rachel Knue. Each winner was given a congratulatory plaque and $500.  Photo by Rachel Knue. The A&S Distinguished Faculty Award for Service to the University went to Dr. Robert Buchanan. Photo by Rachel Knue. Many members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff attended the celebration.

Photo by Rachel Knue. Rick Taylor shakes hands with Dr. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard before accepting the award for Outstanding Performance in the Technical/Paraprofessional Category. 

Photo by Rachel Knue. Alexandra O'Keefe is awarded the plaque for Outstanding Performance in the Clerical/Secretarial Category. 

Photo by Rachel Knue. The faculty and staff members who were awarded for excellence within the department. From left to right: Dr. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Rick Taylor, Alexandra O'Keefe, Mark Austin, Tracy Heightchew, and Robert Buchanan. 

Photo by Rachel Knue.

Photos by Rachel Knue / The Louisville Cardinal

Brief: TLC wins KPA Awards Friday, Feb 26 2016 

By Olivia Krauth–

The Louisville Cardinal staffers picked up some hardware this week during the Kentucky Press Association’s annual award show.

The KPA Awards celebrate writing, photo and design across all levels, including university.

The awards are as follows:

Best Feature Story 

– Second Place – Maggie Little – “On-campus dining options: A battle worth fighting?” 

– Honorable Mention – Simon Isham – “Students clean up a grave situation”
Best Enterprise/Analytical Story
– Third Place – Olivia Krauth – “Her fault?: Rape culture at U of L”
Best Investigative Story/Series
– First Place – Olivia Krauth – “Her fault?: Rape culture at U of L”
Best Sports Picture Essay
– Honorable Mention – Austin Lassell – MBB v. UNC
Best Special Section
– First Place – Maggie Little, Sarah Rohleder – Finance Issue
Best Sports Special Section
– First Place – Sam Draut, Sarah Rohleder, Jacob Abrahamson, Olivia Krauth – Football Preview
– Third Place – Noah Allison, Simon Isham, Sam Draut – Basketball Preview
Best Front Page
– Third Place – Sarah Rohleder, Olivia Krauth – Football Preview
Best Headline
– First Place – Jacob Abrahamson – “Shirley it can’t be true”
– Second Place – Jacob Abrahamson – “Construction delays make Ekstrom renovations overdue