April 23, 2009
April 23, 2009
Washington, DC - Journalists from The Associated Press, Chattanooga Times Free Press and The Cincinnati Enquirer won first-place prizes in various categories of the Cushing Niles Dolbeare Media Awards. The awards recognize exemplary coverage of the affordable housing crisis in the
First-place winners each received $2,500 and were honored at a reception on April 20, 2009 at the Capital Hilton in
Single Story: Daily Newspaper (circulation above 100,000)
Honorable Mention: Carolyn Said of the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Foreclosure’s Hidden Victims: The Tenants” tells the troubling stories of renters who lose their homes when their landlords go into foreclosure. Ms. Said exposes the often nearly criminal practices used to force these tenants out of their homes, painting a disturbingly accurate portrait of the tenuous state of the housing market today.
Series of articles: Daily Newspaper (circulation less than 100,000)
Series of articles: Daily Newspaper (circulation above 100,000)
Honorable Mention: Katy Reckdahl of The Times Picayune for “Housing Shortage Dire in Post-Katrina New
Honorable Mention: Bob Shaw of the St. Paul Pioneer Press for “The War Against Affordable Housing” exposes a disturbing trend in suburban communities of discrimination against affordable housing. He shows how suburban voters have been able to quietly keep “undesirables” out, even as the need for affordable suburban housing rises steadily.
Background on the awards:
Dolbeare, who died in 2005, began NLIHC in 1974 in response to the Nixon Administration's moratorium on federal housing programs. She was one of the nation's leading experts on federal housing policy and the housing circumstances of low income people.
Sheila Crowley, NLIHC President, said, "The Cushing Niles Dolbeare Media Awards encourage reporters to continue in their efforts to raise awareness about the affordable housing crisis in
The awards are presented by NLIHC and were made possible by a grant from Andre Shashaty, President of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities in
Judges included Crowley; Shashaty; Charles Gardner, Executive Director, Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina; Karen Naungayan, Communications Director, Housing California; Dr. William J. Ruehlmann, Professor of Journalism, Virginia Wesleyan College; Colin Asher, award-winning freelance journalist; and Michael Williams, Columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch.
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