Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Honored for Work on Crime Data, Custody Death


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel got the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting for its series of reports exposing deep flaws in the Milwaukee Police Department’s crime numbers. Ben Poston and John Diedrich examined how the department underreported thousands of violent assaults, rapes, robberies, and burglaries and failed to correct the problem while presenting flawed statistics to the public.

Last week, Poston and Diedrich won top prize in the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting, administered by the Chicago-based Better Government Association. Their work, along with reporting by Gina Barton on a death in police custody, also won the top public service award and Best in Show honors in the National Headliner Awards.

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