(AP) Reporting, editorial commentary, and editorial cartoons about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were among winners of the Scripps Howard Foundation’s national journalism awards announced Friday.
The awards for work done in 2001 recognize excellence in 18 categories including editorial writing, human interest writing, environmental and public service reporting, business/economics reporting, commentary, photojournalism, electronic journalism, college cartooning, Internet reporting, and editorial cartooning.
The awards also recognize service to literacy and the First Amendment. Cash awards totaling $52,500 are to be presented April 12 during a banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
* Editorial writing: Kate Stanley, Star Tribune, Minneapolis, will receive $2,500 and the Walker Stone Award trophy for editorials on topics including concealed-weapons legislation, homelessness, teen pregnancy prevention, and mental health.
* Commentary: Leonard Pitts, The Miami Herald, will receive $2,500 and a trophy for a selection of columns, including one about the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
* Human interest writing: Ken Fuson, The Des Moines Register, will receive $2,500 and the Ernie Pyle Award trophy for stories including one on a friendship between two young girls, one from Iowa and the other a refugee from Sudan.
* Web reporting: USATODAY.com will receive $2,500 and a trophy for a special report on the evacuation of the World Trade Center.
* Environmental reporting-over 100,000 circulation: Julie Hauserman, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, will receive $2,500 and the Edward J. Meeman Award trophy for a report about arsenic contamination from the widespread use of pressure-treated wood.
* Environmental reporting-under 100,000 circulation: Scott Streater, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, will receive $2,500 and the Edward J. Meeman Award trophy for reporting about the link between high levels of toxic pollution and higher than average cancer rates in the Pensacola area.
* Editorial cartooning: John Sherffius, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will receive $2,500 and a trophy for cartoons commenting on the Sept. 11 attacks, the Clinton pardons and the Republican-proposed economic stimulus package, among other issues.
* Distinguished service to literacy: Paul Riede, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y., will receive $2,500, the Charles E. Scripps Award trophy and a $5,000 donation from the Scripps Howard Foundation to a literacy group of his choice. He won for a series of articles examining the Syracuse community’s commitment to teaching young children to read.
* Distinguished service to the First Amendment: Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. The newspaper will receive $2,500 and the Edward Willis Scripps Award trophy for its legal battle to gain access to autopsy photos following the death of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.
* Photojournalism: Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., will receive $2,500 and a trophy for his coverage of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
* Business/economics reporting: The Wall Street Journal and reporters Rebecca Smith and John Emshwiller will receive $2,500 and the William Brewster Styles Award trophy for reporting that exposed financial and accounting irregularities that led to the collapse of Enron Corp.
* Journalistic excellence in electronic media-small market radio: KOSU-FM, Stillwater, Okla., will receive $2,500 and the Jack R. Howard Award trophy for reporting on the fatal crash of an airplane carrying Oklahoma State University basketball players and staff.
* Journalistic excellence in electronic media-large market radio: Radio Latino USA, National Public Radio, Los Angeles, will receive $2,500 and the Jack R. Howard Award trophy for a series of stories on an industrial accident at a fruit-packing plant in Washington state.
* Journalistic excellence in electronic media-small market TV/cable: KTUU-TV, Anchorage, Alaska, will receive $2,500 and the Jack R. Howard Award trophy for reporting on the disparities between urban and rural schools districts in Alaska.
* Journalistic excellence in electronic media-large market TV/cable: WFLD-TV, Chicago, will receive $2,500 and the Jack R. Howard Award trophy for a special report using a reality-television format to explore racial issues.
* College cartooning: Nate Beeler, The Eagle, American University, Washington, D.C., will receive $2,500 and the Charles M. Schulz Award trophy for a series of cartoons dealing with the Sept. 11 attacks, the economy and the anthrax scare.
* Public service reporting-over 100,000 circulation: The Seattle Times will receive $2,500 and the Roy W. Howard Award trophy for reporting on a cancer research center’s decision to provide incomplete information to patients about the risks of a clinical trial.
* Public service reporting-under 100,000 circulation (tie): York (Pa.) Daily Record and The York (Pa.) Dispatch/Sunday News. Each newspaper will receive $2,500 and the Roy W. Howard Award trophy for reporting that spurred a renewed investigation into the 1969 race-riot deaths of a black woman and a white police officer.