2016 Public Issues


Down East, “Shattered” by Virginia M. Wright, July 2015

A deep dive into an important and undercovered subject. Comprehensive reporting, edgy writing.


"Twenty Million and a Hyphen"

Adirondack Life, “Twenty Million and a Hyphen “ Ned Rauch, November/December 2015

Well reported and written piece about an important local issue.



Cottage Life, “Beyond the Honeybee” by Jennifer Kingsley, Spring 2015

This story takes a complicated, science-based issue that could have been mind-numbing and makes it accessible.


Arizona Highways, “For Land’s Sake” by Annette McGivney, July 2015

Skillfully told primer on the proposed protection of a local natural landmark. Well done.

Award of Merit

mh-2016-ctgy1-publicissues800Mountain Home, “For 169 Years, Got Milk!” by Brenda O’Meara, June 2015

How rare in the age of mega-farms to find a farm family passing down a legacy over generations. An unusual profile about an unusual family.

Additional Entries

Arizona Highways, “The Blue” by Kelly Vaughn

British Columbia Magazine, “To the Rescue!” by Steven Threndyle

Delaware Beach Life, “A Place at the Table” by Pam George

The Iowan, “Healing the Beautiful Land” by Suzanne Kelsey