Journalism awards: Miami Herald gets national recognition

Several Miami Herald stories and investigative projects have received national awards this year.

Among the works recognized:

Birth & Betrayal

The series — reported and written by Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang with photos and videos by visual journalist Emily Michot — examined a Florida program that failed to provide healthcare for children who suffered catastrophic brain injuries at birth. The investigation, which was done with ProPublica, found that the state deprived the families of basic needs.

Awards include:

The series won Long Island University’s George Polk Award for distinguished journalism. The award was announced in February.

In April, the project received the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication’s 2022 Collier Prize for State Government Accountability. Marbin Miller accepted the award at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner in Washington.

Also in April, the series received the National Headliner Award in the public service category.

The project was a finalist in the News Leaders Association competition, public service category.

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Carol Marbin Miller

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Daniel Chang

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Emily Michot

House of Cards

The interactive, three-dimensional project is a reconstruction of last year’s collapse of the Champlain Towers South beachfront condo building in Surfside. The project was produced by a team of Sarah Blaskey, Sohail Al-Jamea, Eduardo M. Alvarez, Rachel Handley, David Newcomb, Aaron Albright, Aaron Leibowitz, Ben Conarck, Nicholas Nehamas and Ana Claudia Chacin. It was edited by Casey Frank, senior editor for investigations and enterprise, and Mary Behne.

Awards include:

The interactive received the Webby Award for Individual Editorial Feature/Media Company in the People’s Choice Competition.

The broader investigative coverage, led by Sarah Blaskey, Nicholas Nehamas, Ben Conarck and Aaron Leibowitz — which included the interactive — won the Sidney Award for February.

surfiside coverage

The Miami Herald’s team coverage of the collapse of Champlain Towers was a finalist in the breaking news category of the News Leaders Association.

Sarah Blaskey is a finalist for the Livingston Award, which honors the best work by a journalist 35 and under, for her Surfside coverage.

“House of Cards” is an interactive reconstruction of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South 12-story beachfront condominium in Surfside, Florida made by reporters, animators, designers, editors and producers of the Miami Herald and McClatchy, its parent company.

Vaccine Inequity in Latin America

Shirsho Dasgupta, Jacqueline Charles, Rosmery Izaguirre, Adriana Brasileiro and Kevin G. Hall looked at the vaccine disparity as COVID-19 emerged in Latin American countries.

National Headliner Award in international news beat coverage.

Offshore funds flood Florida Affordable Housing

Ben Wieder, Shirsho Dasgupta and Karen Wang, along with Emily Mahoney of the Tampa Bay Times, looked at the impact of outside investors on Florida’s real estate market. Interactives were done by Rosmery Izaguirre.

Awards include:

Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW ) Award in the real estate coverage.

Inside the COVID Unit

The Miami Herald and McClatchy produced a five-part documentary series that tells the stories of front-line workers, their patients and their families inside one small community hospital in Miami-Dade County amid the COVID-19 battle in 2020. The documentary was directed by Reshma Kirpalani, with production assistance from Trevin Smith, editing assistance from Miami Herald editor Amy Driscoll and graphics by Sohail Al-Jamea. The executive producers on the project were Marta Oliver Craviotto of the Miami Herald and Jason Shoultz of McClatchy.

Awards include:

A Suncoast Regional Emmy in the category of Human Interest — Long Form Content for Episode 2: “Heroes.” Visual journalist Reshma Kirpalani showed video chats between Jackson South patients and their family members.

A Suncoast Regional Emmy in the category of Health/Medical — Long Form Content for Episode 5: “The Surge.” In this episode Kirpalani documented how the summer comes hit the hospital.

Inside the COVID Unit

Sports coverage

The Miami Herald Sports Department was recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors with three top 10s in the organization’s yearly contest in Category A, the largest category for newspapers and websites.

Greg Cote was named one of the 10 best columnists in the country.

The team of Michelle Kaufman, David Ovalle, Greg Cote, Jordan McPherson and Andre Fernandez was recognized as a top 10 project winner for coverage on the five-year anniversary of Jose Fernandez’s death.

And the daily sports section made the top 10.

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Greg Cote Show podcast host Greg Cote, pictured on vacation after hiking in dress shoes, is given a surprise birthday party in the new episode. Cote family

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Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.


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