R.I. Public Radio, ProJo, East Side Monthly, R.I. Monthly, and Newport Mercury win Metcalf Awards for Diversity in Media, Rhode Island for Community and Justice has announced.
The Providence Journal captured two awards. One went to the paper’s great crime reporter, Amanda Milkovits for her piece entitled `RI’s Minority Police Officers Understand Life On Both Sides of the Blue Line.’
Rhode Island Public Radio’s fab medical reporter, Kristin Gourlay, was honored for her `Children in Crisis’ investigation into the foster system run by the state Department of Children, Youth and Families, after a R.I. Senate panel discovered disturbing trends at the state agency.
The Journal also won for the year-long series on `Race in Rhode Island.’ The articles were authored by many staff writers. Among the most memorable stories in the series was an insightful look at the lack of diversity in Rhode Island's court system that was written by the paper's fine court reporter Katie Mulvaney.
Casey Nilsson of RI Monthly won for 'The Tyranny of Low Expectations,' which examined how far R.I. has come since local agencies stopped segregating people with disabilities.
Barry Fain of East Side Monthly won for his portrayal of Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. The story highlighted Pitts-Wiley’s dedication to preserving and presenting a diversity of cultural and ethnic images on stage.
The Newport Mercury's Bre Power Eaton won for a story about Kris Barber, a Newporter whose transgender identity did not stop his peers at Rogers High School from electing him homecoming king.
The Metcalf Awards were established 28 years ago to honor the memory of Michael Metcalf, the publisher of the Journal, who died in a tragic bicycle accident. Metcalf was known for his integrity and demands for journalistic excellence.
The awards will be presented at a breakfast celebration at the Hotel Providence on Tuesday, May 10. Links to the winning pieces are available at www.ricj.org