Jonathan Schuppe, police reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger,, has won the 2008 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. The Nakkula award is named for Al Nakkula, a 46-year veteran for the Rocky Mountain News who died in 1990. It is sponsored by the newspaper, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Denver Press Club.
“Schuppe accomplished what's so difficult in crime writing: putting a face to the story,” said judge Scott Bowles, 1992 winner of the award. “He followed a kid out of juvenile detention to chronicle his shot at rehabilitation; he tracked a gun from the spot where it was purchased to the spot where it killed; and he told a poignant story of an inner city home's transformation from home to drug denizen. It's that kind of connection that resonates with readers – an impressive feat when covering the police beat,” Bowles said. Schuppe graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Lehigh University in 1993 and worked for several newspapers in New Jersey before joining the Star-Ledger in 1999.