Sunshine State Seal

21st Annual Sunshine State Awards

Finalists Announced!

Finalists in each category are presented in alphabetical order by organization.

First, second and third-place finishers will be announced at an SPJ Florida/NAHJ event in Miami on Aug. 15. Details to come.

To correct errors or omissions, please contact Tim Dodson, tim@timdodson.com.

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SPECIAL CATEGORIES

James Batten Award for Public Service

Miami Herald – Carol Marbin Miller, Audra D.S. Burch, Innocents Lost

The Palm Beach Post – Lawrence Mower, Gaming the Lottery

The Palm Beach Post – Pat Beall, Dying for Care

 

Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting

Tampa Bay Times – Will Hobson, New Beginnings

Miami Herald – Julie Brown, Cruel and Unusual

The Palm Beach Post – Pat Beall, Dying for Care

 

Diversity Award

New Times Broward-Palm Beach – Deirdra Funcheon, A Gay – or ‘Two-Spirit’ – Miccosukee Man Fights for the Everglades

Sun Sentinel – Melvin Felix, Melvin Felix’s Portfolio

WLRN-Miami Herald News – Nadege Green, Nadege Green

 

First Amendment Foundation Freedom of Information Award

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting – Tristram Korten, Trevor Aaronson, Profits and Public Records

WESH-TV – Greg Fox, On The Record

WTSP-TV – Mike Deeson, Amy Marinec, Melissa Rancourt, Paul Thorson, PSTA Emails Show Lying

 

Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting

Tampa Bay Times – Michael Van Sickler, Craig Pittman, King Ranch

WTSP-TV – Mike Deeson, Amy Marinec, Melissa Rancourt, Paul Thorson, PSTA-Driving Outside the Lines

 

Journalist of the Year

The Florida Times-Union – Eileen Kelley, Eileen Kelley body of work

WLRN-Miami Herald News – Tim Padgett, Tim Padgett

WTSP-TV – Mike Deeson, Mike Deeson Reports

 

Anchor of the Year

Bay News 9 – Veronica Cintron, Veronica Cintron Anchor Composite

WUSF-FM – Carson Cooper, Carson Cooper

WWSB-TV – John McQuiston, Anchor John McQuiston

 

NEWSPAPERS

Breaking News Reporting (Large)

Tampa Bay Times – Staff, Florida State University Shooting

Miami Herald – Staff, Historic Change: Rapprochement of United States and Cuba

The Palm Beach Post – Christine Stapleton, Alexandra Seltzer, Jorge Milian, Sonja Isger, Mother, kids slain

 

Breaking News Reporting (Small)

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Roger Williams, Airglades

Pensacola News Journal – Staff, Deluge

The News-Press – Michael Braun, Meslissa Montoya, Chris Umpierre, The News-Press Breaking News-Children Missing

 

Non-Deadline News Reporting (Large)

Sun Sentinel – Melvin Felix, Mike Clary, Mike Stocker, Rachel Schallom, The Uncertain Future of Undocumented Children

Tampa Bay Times – Andrew Meacham, The First Family

The Florida Times-Union – Topher Sanders, Juvenile Justice

 

Non-Deadline News Reporting (Small)

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Evan Williams, Oranges crushed

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Josh Salman, Selling Hope

The News-Press – Chad Gillis, The News-Press Non-Deadline reporting Voices of the Everglades

 

Feature Reporting – Newspaper (Large)

Sun Sentinel – Diane Lade, Carline Jean, In Sickness and In Health

Sun Sentinel – Nicole Brochu, The Lost Sister

The Palm Beach Post – Eliot Kleinberg, Forgotten 14

 

Feature Reporting – Newspaper (Small)

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Evan Williams, Oranges crushed

Lakeland Ledger – Gary White, VISA Roadblock

South Florida Business Journal – Celia Ampel, .Club

 

Series

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Carrie Seidman, Home to Havana

Tampa Bay Times – Ben Montgomery, The Lost Bones

The Palm Beach Post – Stacey Singer, Supergerms

 

Commentary & Criticism – General

Sun Sentinel – Doreen Christensen, Doreen’s Deals

Tampa Bay Times – John Romano, Commentary by John Romano

The Palm Beach Post – Frank Cerabino, Columns of Frank Cerabino

 

Commentary & Criticism – Arts

Sun Sentinel – John Tanasychuk, John Tanasychuk restaurant reviews

Tampa Bay Times – Stephanie Hayes, Performing Arts in Tampa Bay

Miami Herald – Jordan Levin, Jordan Levin for Dance Criticism

 

Profile Reporting

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Roger Williams, Profiles by Roger Williams

Tampa Bay Times – Adam C. Smith, Michael Kruse, Knowing Charlie

The Tampa Tribune – Paul Guzzo, Paul Guzzo, Profile Reporting

 

Editorial Writing

Sarasota News Leader – Robert S. Hackney, City of Sarasota needs all citizens actively involved; The best government money can buy; Independence Day mostly for the independently wealthy

Tampa Bay Times – Tim Nickens, The Tin Man

The Tampa Tribune – Joe Guidry, Joe Guidry, Editorial Writing

 

Editorial Cartoon

Baker County Press – Ed Hall, Portfolio of cartoons

Pensacola News Journal – Andy Marlette, Selection of work

 

Headline Writing

Lakeland Ledger – Chris George, Chris George: Headline Writing at its Best

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Jeffrey Rubin, Jeffrey Rubin Headlines

The News-Press – Debbie Gibson, The News-Press Headline writing

 

Beat Reporting – Arts

Florida Theater On Stage – Bill Hirschman, Bringing professional arts journalism to online platforms

Tampa Bay Times – Sean Daly, Pop Culture

Miami Herald – jordan levin, Jordan Levin Dance Reporting

 

Beat Reporting – Business

Orlando Sentinel – Sandra Pedicini, Sandra Pedicini portfolio

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Josh Salman, Josh Salman Collection

Miami Herald – Mimi Whitefield, International business portfolio

 

Beat Reporting – Community

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Evan Williams, The Community beat – Evan WIlliams

The Palm Beach Post – Kristen Clark (formerly Daum), Wellington coverage

The Tampa Tribune – Howard Altman, Howard Altman, Military Community

 

Beat Reporting – Consumer Issues

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Justine Griffin, Justin Griffin Stories

The Palm Beach Post – Charles Elmore, How safe is your insurer?

The Tampa Tribune – Richard Mullins, Richard Mullins, Consumer Reporting

 

Beat Reporting – Crime/Courts

Lakeland Ledger – Stephanie Allen, Stephanie Allen: A Portfolio

Miami Herald – Jay Weaver, Jay Weaver, Federal Courts Reporter

The Villages Daily Sun – Matthew Steecker, A collection of crime stories by Matthew Steecker

 

Beat Reporting – Education

Orlando Sentinel – Lauren Roth, Orange and Seminole schools beat coverage

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Gabrielle Russon, Education beat reporting

Sun Sentinel – Scott Travis, Education coverage – teachers

 

Beat Reporting – Elections

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Roger Williams, Nanci Theoret, Evan Williams, Athena Ponushis, Elections beat – Roger Williams

The Palm Beach Post – Christine Stapleton, Chris Persaud, Sonja Isger, Joel Engelhardt, Ballot troubles

Treasure Coast Newspapers – Scott Wyland, George Andreassi, Isadora Rangel, Elections

 

Beat Reporting – Environmental/Health/Science

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Evan Williams, Enviornmental/health/science beat – Evan Williams

Lakeland Ledger – Tom Palmer, Tom Palmer: A Portfolio

Tampa Bay Times – Alexandra Zayas, Kris Hundley, Connie Humburg, Letitia Stein, Insult to Injury

 

Beat Reporting – Food/Travel

Tampa Bay Times – Laura Reiley, Florida cuisine

Miami Herald – Evan Benn, Portfolio: Evan Benn

Miami Herald – Mimi Whitefield, International travel from World Cup cities to Bahamian luxury

 

Beat Reporting – Government/Politics

Tampa Bay Times – Alex Leary, Alex Leary on politics

Tampa Bay Times – William R. Levesque, Veterans Affairs

The Palm Beach Post – Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach County coverage

 

Best Reporting – Hardship Issues

Florida Weekly Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter – Athena Ponushis, Hardship Issues – Athena Ponushis

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Jessie Van Berkel, Jessie Van Berkel: Collection

Tampa Bay Times – Will Hobson, New Beginnings

 

Beat Reporting – Minority Issues

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Staff, Newtown 100

Sun Sentinel – Melvin Felix, Melvin Felix’s Portfolio

The Florida Times-Union – Andrew Pantazi, Jimmie Thompson’s Ruined Retirement

 

Beat Reporting – Religion

Sun Sentinel – Lois Solomon, Lois Solomon/ Beat Reporting — Religion

The News-Press – Dave Breitenstein, The News-Press Religion Beat Reporting

Treasure Coast Newspapers – Zaimarie De Guzman, Religion Matters

 

Beat Reporting – Sports

Miami Herald – Jay Weaver, Alex Rodriguez steroids scandal

Miami Herald – Michelle Kaufman, World Cup

The Villages Daily Sun – Steve Trivett, A collection of sports stories by Steve Trivett

 

Special Publication/Section

Daily Business Review – Julie Kay, Vala Lopez, Diversity Scorecard

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Carrie Seidman, Home to Havana

The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Chris Graham, Richard Conn, Tony Holt, D-Day

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

Breaking News Photography

Sun Sentinel – Joe Cavaretta, Wilton Manors Shooting

The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Jim Tiller, Wet and Wild

Miami Herald – Al Diaz, Breath of Life

 

Feature Photography

The Florida Times-Union – Bob Self, Bob Self Feature

The Florida Times-Union – Bruce Lipsky, Bruce Lipsky Feature

The Tampa Tribune – Jay Conner, Poignant Rite of Passage

 

Photography Story

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Elaine Litherland, Elaine Litherlaine Home to Havana

The News-Press – Andrew West, The News-Press Photography Story Voices of the Everglades

Whitehaus Media Group – Carlos Suarez, Sarah Harrelson, Nila Do Simon, Adriana Sandoval, Beauty and the Reef

 

Art/Photo Illustration

Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Eric Raddatz, art/photo illustrations by Eric Raddatz

Tampa Bay Times – Cameron Cottrill, Illustrations by Cameron Cottrill

The Villages Daily Sun – Bonita Burton, Fourth of July – Rise of the Machine – What a Year

 

Infographic

Miami New Times – Miche Ratto, The United States of Florida

Sun Sentinel – David Schutz, Cindy Jones-Hulfachor, Rising Seas

The Florida Times-Union – Steve Nelson, The Biggest Show on Turf

 

Front Page Design – Photography & Design

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Gloria George, Tony Elkins, Page 1 design by Glorida George and Tony Elkins

Sun Sentinel – Lillian Mayor, LeGone

The Florida Times-Union – Monty Zickuhr, Front Page

 

MAGAZINES

Public Service Reporting

Sarasota Magazine – Cooper Levey-Baker, Our Turn

Sarasota Magazine – Craig Pittman, Park Patrol

Sarasota Magazine – Phillippe Diederich, Fairness in the Fields

 

Investigative Story

Akers Media Group – Gary Corsair, Mean Marie

Akers Media Group – John Sotomayor, Dissecting Obamacare

Sarasota Magazine – Rich Rescigno, The (Multi)Millionaire Next Door

 

Feature Story

Akers Media Group – James Combs, Alex Pring’s Amazing Arm

Sarasota Magazine – Richard Rescigno, The Collector’s Art

Whitehaus Media Group – Carlos Suarez, Sarah Harrelson, Nila Do Simon, Adriana Sandoval, Ace of Bass

 

Profile Story

City & Shore – Elizabeth Rahe, Master of His Domains: Star of stage, screen and ‘Seinfeld,’ Fort Lauderdale Film Fest honoree Jason Alexander has created – and sustained – a multifaceted career. And he does not live with his mom.

Florida Trend – Mike Vogel, Floridian of the Year

Whitehaus Media Group – Carlos Suarez, Sarah Harrelson, Nila Do Simon, Adriana Sandoval, Iron Man

 

Election Story

Florida Trend – Jason Garcia, Dominoes

 

Magazine Commentary & Criticism

Fort Lauderdale Magazine – Tom Swick, Dream of a Plaza Afternoon, The Sunshine Railway Bazaar, Our Astonishing Worldliness

MIAMI Magazine – Jen Karetnick, Lessons from Lima; Chef Cachet; Victorious Approach

Sarasota Magazine – Alastair Gordon, Architecture for a New Atlantis

 

Trade/Special Interest Publication

850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida – Linda Kleindienst, Larry Davidson, Jennifer Ekrut, Brand Renew; Wild Kingdom

Sun Sentinel – Mark Gauert, Anderson Greene, PRIME (a special issue of City & Shore Magazine for readers 55+)

The Triton – Staff, The Triton

 

Cover Design

Gulfstream Media Group – Craig Cottrell, Jason Nuttle, Staff, Jupiter Magazine’s April, December and October Covers

Sarasota Magazine – Gigi Ortwein, Mark Farmwald, Sarasota Magazine January 2014

Sun Sentinel – Anderson Greene, Mark Gauert, City & Shore Magazine Covers

 

Inside Design

Akers Media Group – Fred Lopez, Steve Codraro, Jamie Mark, Love in Bloom / Dirty Jobs / Red Hot

Gulfstream Media Group – Craig Cottrell, Best Brunch, Nomads and Open Road

Sarasota Magazine – Gigi Ortwein, Glories on the Gulf

 

Best Single Issue

Boca Raton Magazine – Kevin Kaminski, Lori Pierino, Marie Speed, John Thomason, December 2014 Boca Raton magazine

Tallahassee Magazine – Rosanne Dunkelberger, Larry Davidson, Saige Roberts, and Staff, Tallahassee Magazine September/October 2014 Issue “East Meets South”

Whitehaus Media Group – Carlos Suarez, Sarah Harrelson, Nila Do Simon, Adriana Sandoval, Venice Fort Lauderdale’s Magazine

 

TELEVISION

Best Newscast – TV

WFLA-TV – WFLA News Team, News Channel 8 at 6

 

Investigative Reporting – TV

WFLA-TV – Stephen Andrews, Gordon Dempsey, Incident in the ICU, an 8 On Your Side Investigation

WFTS-TV – Adam Walser, Doug Iten, Matt McGlashen, Fran Gilpin, Insult To Injury

WTVJ-TV – Robbi Peele, Tony Pipitone, Mc Nelly Torres, Adam Brady, Florida Police Shot 574 people: Were they all justified?

 

Spot News Reporting – TV

Bay News 9 – Bay News 9 Staff, Riverview Tornado

WFLA-TV – WFLA News Team, Trapped! Man Buried in Rising Mud Hole

WFTS-TV – Jacqueline Ingles, Carson Chambers, Ashley Yore, FSU Shooting

 

Election Coverage – TV

WTSP-TV – Mitchell Wallace, Preston Rudie, (The Governer Race Part II, Charlie Christ) On the Gridiron with Charlie Crist, Tackling the Tough Questions

 

Government Coverage – TV

WTSP-TV – Paul Thorson, Mike Deeson, Melissa Rancourt, Amy Marinec, PSTA-Driving Outside the Lines

 

Continuing Coverage – TV

WFLA-TV – Mark Douglas, Todd Davis, Roofer Ripoffs

WFTS-TV – Sarina Fazan, Delisa Walden, Eugene Perry , Mike Fiol, Road Rage

WTSP-TV – Mike Deeson, Amy Marinec, Melissa Rancourt, Paul Thorson, PSTA-Driving Outside the Lines

 

Feature Reporting – TV

Fusion Media Network (the “America with Jorge Ramos” show) – Erin Siegal McIntyre, Deborah Bonello, Is rape the price to pay for migrant women chasing the American Dream?

WFLA-TV – Steve Jerve, Bob Hansen, Nancy Ryan, Olympic Hockey Switcheroo

WTVJ-TV – Carlos Harrison, Cuba — No Filters

 

Public Affairs – TV

Bay News 9 – Veronica Cintron, Matt Apthorp, Nikki Renoit, Panama Canal at 100: The Growing Link to Tampa Bay

WFLA-TV – Keith Cate, Lauren Mayk, Nancy Ryan, James Dumas, Your Vote: Battleground Florida Special

WFTS-TV – Kristin Moore, Lissette Campos, Larry Richards, Tere Taracido, 2014 Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign

 

RADIO

Best Newscast – Radio

WLRN-Miami Herald News – Luis Hernandez, Tim Padgett, Nadege Green, Baby Doc’s Death Triggers Opposing Reactions

WUSF-FM – Carson Cooper, WUSF 89.7 Newscast 10/31/14 8:06 a.m.

 

General Coverage – Radio

WJCT-FM – Peter Haden, Diving Deep: Examining Threats To The St. Johns River

WLRN-Miami Herald News – John O’Connor, StateImpact Florida, a WLRN & WUSF partnership, Common Core Coverage

WLRN-Miami Herald News – WLRN-Miami Herald News, Medical Marijuana in Florida

 

Investigative Reporting – Radio

WJCT-FM – Peter Haden, Diving Deep: Examining Threats To The St. Johns River

WLRN-Miami Herald News – Wilson Sayre, WLRN, David Ovalle, Miami Herald, FEC Rail Cops Arrests Warrant Scrutiny

WUSF-FM – Mark Schreiner, USF Dozier Investigation

 

Election Coverage – Radio

WLRN-Miami Herald News – WLRN-Miami Herald News, Fangate: the Florida Gubernatorial Debate

 

Government Coverage – Radio

WFSU-FM – Regan McCarthy, Lawmakers Push Restart Button On Arcade Legislation

WFSU-FM – Sascha Cordner, Florida Nudists Worry They’re Not Covered Under Indecent Exposure Bill

WUSF-FM – Lottie Watts, FDA Rules Could Snuff Out ‘Cigar City’

 

Feature Reporting – Radio

Making Contact-National Radio Project – Dina Weinstein, The Wade-In That Provoked The Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

WUSF-FM – Bobbie O’Brien, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg ‘Leads the Way’

WUSF-FM – Mark Schreiner, STEM Superheroes Kickstart Next Phase of Work

 

Public Affairs – Radio

WLRN-Miami Herald News – Tom Hudson WLRN, Karen Rundlet Miami Herald, Elaine Chen WLRN, The Color of Money: Doing Business While Black

WLRN-Miami Herald News – Tom Hudson, Sammy Mack, The Power of Price

WUSF-FM – Staff, Florida Matters: 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley

 

ONLINE

Blog – Affiliated

Lakeland Ledger – Michael Wilson, ForShore Fishing

Orlando Business Journal – Jim Carchidi, Guardians of the Galaxy; Re-starting Star Wars; Seven Dwarfs, one unicorn and 21 photos

Treasure Coast Newspapers – Will Greenlee, Off The Beat With Will Greenlee

 

Blog – Independent

No finalists

 

News Web Site

Tampa Bay Times – Staff, Tampabay.com

The Florida Times-Union – Staff, Homepage, Interactives, Summer Camp

The Tampa Tribune – TBO.com staff, TBO.com

 

Package – Online

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Justine Griffin, Cost of Life

Tampa Bay Times – Alexandra Zayas, Kris Hundley, Connie Humburg, Letitia Stein, Insult to Injury

Tampa Bay Times – Ben Montgomery, Edmund D. Fountain, Cameron Cottrill, The Lost Bones

 

User-Generated Content – Online

The Florida Times-Union – Denise Amos, Value Added Model

The Florida Times-Union – Derek Hembd, UNF’s Environmental Center, Echoes of the River

WLRN-Miami Herald News – WLRN-Miami Herald News, This Is Where

 

Infographic – Online

The Palm Beach Post – Kavya Sukumar, Lawrence Mower, Daphne Duret, Jane Musgrave, John Goodman trial and Gaming the Lottery

The Palm Beach Post – Kavya Sukumar, Michelle Quigley, Fedor Zarkhin, Chris Persaud, Property values, insurance safety and charter schools

WLRN-Miami Herald News – WLRN-Miami Herald News, Maria Murriel, Digital Editor, Florida’s Gubernatorial Debate Issues

 

Video – Online

Sun Sentinel – Carline Jean, Diane Lade, Sarah Dussault, In Sickness and In Health: Chris & Richard

The Florida Times-Union – Matt Pittman, Dan Scanlan, Zip Lining, Ginnie Springs, Surprising Veterans

The News-Press – Kinfay Moroti, The News-Press online video Kinfay Moroti

 

Blog Writing – Short Form

The Florida Times-Union – Matt Pittman, Ryan O’Halloran, Hays Carlyon, Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, New Jax Truckie on the Block, Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

Miami Herald – Evan Benn, Miami.com: Brew in Miami

The Palm Beach Post – John Kennedy, Post on Politics, John Kennedy

 

Blog Writing – Long Form

reality blurred – Andy Dehnart, Finding the real in reality television

 

Social Media Package

Tampa Bay Times – Staff, Florida State University Shooting

Tampa Bay Times – Staff, Joe Maddon leaves the Tampa Bay Rays

The Florida Times-Union – Derek Hembd, Sports Staff, The Players Championship