Five Midwestern journalists vie for investigative awards
Five Midwestern journalists who investigated police work, jail deaths and the treatment of the disabled were named as finalists for the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting recently.
The Better Government Association announced the nominees as Jamie Kalven of Invisible Institute, who wrote “Code of Silence,” a four-part investigation into the Chicago Police Department; Jacob Carpenter and Cara Lombardo of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who penned “Jail Deaths,” a look into a spate of fatal incidents in Milwaukee County’s jail; and Michael Berens and Patricia Callahan of the Chicago Tribune, who wrote “Suffering in Secret,” an expose of the treatment of poor adults with disabilities living in Illinois group homes.
All five journalists will attend the Driehaus Foundation’s awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. on May 3 at Chicago’s Union League Club.
Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, will serve as keynote speaker. Baron has won several Pulitzer Prizes, including for his work at The Boston Globe uncovering sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
The awards acknowledge outstanding government-related investigative reporting across the Midwest, emphasizing the field’s impact as a key to reform in government waste, fraud and corruption.
Investment adviser and philanthropist Richard Driehaus established his eponymous foundation in 1983. Today, the Driehaus Foundation awards grants totaling approximately $5 million annually, supporting arts, culture and the environment.
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