Inside Public Integrity

Published — June 9, 2020

Center for Public Integrity wins two Dateline Awards


The Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, D.C., chapter has awarded the Center for Public Integrity two 2019 Dateline Awards.

Editor-at-Large Dave Levinthal won the beat reporting/online award for his series of articles unveiling truths about President Donald Trump’s political and personal finances.

Senior reporter Susan Ferriss won in the blog category for “Immigration Decoded,” which revealed the facts, faces and context behind immigration policy in the U.S. and its implications.

The Dateline Awards, announced Tuesday in an online video, honor excellence among journalists based in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

Additionally, three Public Integrity projects were honored as Dateline Award finalists:

  • Investigative/daily newspaper: the staffs of Public Integrity, USA Today and the Arizona Republic for the “Copy, Paste, Legislate” series, which revealed how special interest groups achieve their goals by enlisting friendly lawmakers to quietly push ‘model legislation’ in statehouses nationwide. (The University of Florida this week also awarded “Copy, Paste, Legislate” an honorable mention in its inaugural Collier Prize for State Government Accountability contest.)

  • Investigative/online: the staffs of Public Integrity, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, High Country News, Ohio Valley ReSource and StateImpact Oklahoma for “One Disaster Away,” which investigated the insufficient protections for vulnerable people as natural disasters worsen in a warming climate.

  • Business reporting/online: the staff of Public Integrity for the series “Trump’s Tax Cuts: The Rich Get Richer” — an in-depth look at how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 avoided scrutiny and made the rich richer.

Other news organizations honored with 2019 Dateline Awards include the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, TIME, The Hill, HuffPost, McClatchy D.C. Bureau and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Public Integrity is a nonprofit investigative newsroom dedicated to investigating democracy, power and privilege. Public Integrity’s reporting focuses on the influence of money and the impact of inequality on society.

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