Del Quentin Wilber, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, has won the annual Al Nakkula Award for police reporting. Wilber, 29, was selected from 40 reporters from around the country for his wide range of stories that showed “the broader, deeper impact of crime,” said the judges. Wilber’s work often is cited in Crime & Justice News.
The Rocky Mountain News said that one of his stories told how a man’s burglary of 40 homes in four months traumatized a neighborhood. His detailed coverage of a former Baltimore police chief’s misuse of an off-the- books account for dinners, gifts and trips to New York led to a federal indictment of the official.
Wilber, a 1997 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is the 14th police reporter to win the award, named for the late Al Nakkula, a 46-year veteran of the Rocky Mountain News. The award is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain News, the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Denver Press Club.