WFPL And KyCIR Coverage Wins Numerous Local, State, National Awards Thursday, Jul 6 2017 

WFPL News and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting took home 13 awards for radio and print/online coverage—including eight first place prizes—at this year’s annual Society of Professional Journalists Metro Journalism Awards in Louisville. The winners were announced Thursday night.

Here are the winners:


Continuing Coverage

SECOND PLACE: University of Louisville (Kate Howard)

Crime/Courts/Criminal Justice Reporting

FIRST PLACE: Staff Misconduct In Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice System (Kate Howard)

THIRD PLACE: Gynnya McMillen (R.G. Dunlop and Kate Howard)

Enterprise/ Investigative Reporting

SECOND PLACE: Kentucky Constables: Untrained and Unaccountable (R.G. Dunlop and John Boel)

Government/ Politics

FIRST PLACE: Despite Trump’s Promises, Coal Industry Rebound In Appalachia Remains Unlikely (Erica Peterson)


Business Reporting

FIRST PLACE: As Craft Beer Thrives In Kentucky, Local Hops Producers Feel Growing Pains (Roxanne Scott)

Feature Reporting

FIRST PLACE: I Said Bang!: A History of the Dirt Bowl (Laura Ellis and Ravon Churchill)

SECOND PLACE: Muhammad Ali’s Louisville Roots (Rick Howlett)

General News

FIRST PLACE: MSD’s Plans For Smoketown Basin Called Unequal (Erica Peterson)

Health Care Reporting

FIRST PLACE: In Ultra-Red Jackson County, Health Care Didn’t Move Voters (Lisa Gillespie)

Investigative Reporting

FIRST PLACE: The University of Louisville Foundation Bought An Empty Factory In Oklahoma Because A Donor Asked (Kate Howard)

SECOND PLACE: Kentucky Constables: Untrained and Unaccountable (R.G. Dunlop and John Boel)

Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting

FIRST PLACE: #MuseumsSoWhite (Ashlie Stevens)

Other accolades

In addition to these awards, WFPL and KYCIR reporters took home nine statewide radio (and one statewide television) award from the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association in April. First place awards included honors for “The Next Louisville: Where Are the Black People in Bourbon?” (Roxanne Scott and Ashlie Stevens), coverage of the death of Muhammad Ali (Rick Howlett), a yearlong reporting project called “The Next Louisville: Race, Ethnicity and Culture”  and KYCIR stories about a U of L Foundation real estate deal (Kate Howard) and Kentucky constables (R.G. Dunlop and WAVE 3 reporter John Boel). Rick Howlett was also named Best Reporter.

WFPL’s Jake Ryan won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for a story on vacant properties in Louisville.

Earlier this year, KYCIR Reporter Kate Howard also won a national award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors for that examination of the U of L Foundation’s real estate deal. That same piece picked up a regional Edward R. Murrow award and a regional Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award.

KYCIR Reporter R.G. Dunlop also won accolades for his investigation of Kentucky constables, picking up a second place SPJ Green Eyeshade Award.

Finally, our colleagues at the Ohio Valley ReSource won recognition for several stories, including a national Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for a collaboration with NPR about the resurgence of black lung disease, a SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award and an award from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation for the same series, a Virginias Associated Press Broadcast Award for an investigation into the dumping of illegal frack waste in Kentucky, and a Kentucky Associated Press Award for a story about immigrants working in Kentucky’s agriculture sector.

The Cardinal wins 22 Louisville SPJ awards Friday, Jun 30 2017 

By Staff —

The Louisville Cardinal won big at this year’s Society of Professional Journalists awards, bringing home 22 awards in the collegiate division.

TLC won 24 awards last year, a new record for the paper. Here’s the list of Cardinal staffers who won. For  information on SPJ and other schools who won, follow the link here.

Category Winner Place Piece
Best Overall Design Olivia Krauth and Sarah Rohleder 1st
Overall Website Staff 1st
Front Page Layout Olivia Krauth and Sarah Rohleder 1st
Review Kyeland Jackson 1st “Don’t Breathe” — A cinematic breath of fresh air
Aaron Hartley 2nd The Weeknd’s “Starboy” faintly shines
Sports News Story Dalton Ray 1st Louisville avoids severe penalties in NCAA findings
Sports Game Story Sam Draut 1st Golfer Olivia Cason works her way to NCAA Championship
Photo Story Wade Morgen 1st U of L baseball beats Virginia
News Photo Sarah Rohleder 1st Students lead die-in – How Many More?
Sarah Rohleder 3rd lead die-in – In Front of Activities Center
Feature Photo Hank Kerns 1st Rae Sremmurd light up the Palace
Sarah Rohleder 2nd Speed Museum awes
Sports Photo Wade Morgen 1st Don’t buy the hype on Louisville football this year
Nancy Hanner 2nd Men’s basketball kicks off season
Nancy Hanner 3rd Louisville beats FSU
Editorial Nick Amon 2nd Ramsey should be held accountable for stream of scandals
Staff 3rd SGA Senate fails constituency in lead-up to vote of no confidence
Best Use of Video Sam Draut and Dalton Ray 2nd U of L, city to remove Confederate monument
Feature Page Layout Brooke Moody, Olivia Krauth and Sarah Rohleder 2nd The Cardinal March 22
Graphic Illustration Mitchell Howes 2nd
Informational Graphic Mallory Siegenthaler, Olivia Krauth and Sara Rohleder 2nd April 12 cover
Mitchell Howes 3rd Program aims to arrest campus drinking

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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