Awards, Fellowships, Seminars and Education


Pulitzer Prize

Gold Medal/Public Service (2006) Knight Ridder/Biloxi Sun Herald Team coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

National Headliner Award

First/Online Journalism (2006) Knight Ridder/Biloxi Sun Herald.

Society of Professional Journalists

First/Best Government Reporting (2008) WCPN Regionalism.

Society of Professional Journalists

Second/Best Government Reporting (2007) Akron Beacon Journal.

National Association of Black Journalists

First/Enterprise Reporting (2004) Akron Beacon Journal Update of race relations project: “A Question of Color.”

Fellowships & Seminars

Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (2005) Covering Islam and  Muslims in the U.S.

Hechinger Institute

Columbia Teachers College (2008) Covering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Pew Research Center

Election Coverage (2007).

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Detroit Free Press. (2002) Watchdog

reporting, public records.


Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio — BA Communications/Creative Writing, Magna Cum Laude.

Academic Honors

Alpha Society.

Who’s Who Among Students at American Colleges and Universities.

Resume and additional career information available at:

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