The Michigan Supreme Court has praised Detroit Free Press reporter Jack Kresnak for nearly two decades of coverage of children’s issues, including juvenile courts and crime. It was the first time the court has recognized a journalist with such a resolution, says the Free Press. Kresnak was lauded as a reporter whose work has inspired reforms. He has written extensively on problems in the foster care system. His series on a 2-year-old girl who was beaten and drowned led to laws that strengthened the state Office of Children’s Ombudsman.
Kresnak got the recognition last week at a ceremony to celebrate the adoption of his 7-month-old granddaughter, Maya Moran. Kresnak wrote a chapter on juvenile crime in a guide for journalists published by Criminal Justice Journalists, available at www.justicejournalism.org/crimeguide. He is leaving the Free Press next month.