The Society of Professional Journalists – Region 3 and the Savannah Morning News are introducing a new award for exceptional work under the category of investigative journalism. The award is named after a distinguished Georgia investigative journalist from Savannah, Georgia — Larry Peterson.
Larry Peterson, a political writer and editor for the Savannah Morning News, passed away in 2014 after 40 years of working in the journalism industry. His wife, Lanie Lippincott Peterson, a SPJ Georgia member, is a freelance business reporter at the Savannah Morning News and also carries a substantial portfolio of her own journalism career. It is her wish for SPJ Georgia and the Savannah Morning News to celebrate Larry by creating the Larry Peterson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism. It is an award to recognize journalism professionals and students who have produced quality investigative reporting in either broadcast, print, online or radio.