Local News Writing — Explanatory Reporting (under 10,000 circulation)
A three-week series with 9 stories and an editorial, covering Iowa's inadequacies in treating mental illnesses, won first place for newspapers under 10,000 in local news writing/explanatory reporting in the 2017 Inland Press Association contest. The series featured reporting from myself and two other reporters between the Knoxville Journal-Express and sister paper, the Pella Chronicle. It published in May 2017, during National Mental Health Awareness Month.
More than two dozen interviews were conducted, with local, state and national officials as well as those who have struggled to find help in the system.