2009 Winners

The 4th Annual John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Prizes for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting was awarded to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer  and the Times Herald-Record.

Read the news release here.

SERIES CATEGORY: Eric Nalder and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporting team, for their series “The Strong Arm of the Law,” a wide-ranging expose of  police bias in obstruction arrests and the handling of complaints against police over the wrongful use of force.  To quote one of our judges, the series “exposes what too long goes ignored by crime reporters – police failure to investigate or discipline themselves, and overuse of ‘obstruction’ charges to cover up wrongdoing. (This is)  a great mix of data and street reporting.”

Read the  Seattle Post story here.

Watch Video of Eric Nalder accepting his prize.


SINGLE STORY CATEGORY:  Christine Young of the Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.) , for a probing investigation into the 1989 conviction of a man who spent 20 years in prison on charges of murdering a Manhattan prostitute. As a result of this story, the Manhattan District Attorney is now re-investigating the case.

Read the Times Herald Story here.