Philadelphia Inquirer, S.F. Chronicle Reporters Win Court Coverage Award


Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle and a team of reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer have won the American Judicature Society's Toni House Journalism Award. The award recognizes outstanding reporting that enhances public understanding of the courts and contributes to improvements in the administration of justice. Egelko is being honored for a career body of work as a legal affairs reporter for the Chronicle, the Associated Press, California Lawyer magazine, and other California news outlets. Inquirer reporters Craig R. McCoy, Nancy Phillips, and Dylan Purcell, were recognized for their four-part series, “Justice Delayed, Dismissed, Denied,” which exposed serious flaws in the city's criminal justice system and prompted the courts to implement an aggressive series of reforms. Howard Witt of the Lafayette (IN) Journal & Courier said the Inquirer series documented “unimaginable dysfunction crippling the city’s criminal court system.”

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