May 7

The 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards For Investigative Reporting

5:30PM
James C. Tyree Auditorium

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Richard Driehaus handed out a big surprise at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting. He more than tripled the cash awards to the winners of the annual BGA awards program that bears his name.

The first, second and third place winners had been sharing $5,000 in cash awards, but that was increased to a total of $18,000. First place winners took home $10,000, second place received $5,000, and third place won $3,000.

Driehaus shared the good news with this year's winners and several hundred BGA supporters at a May 4 reception at The James C. Tyree Auditorium in Chicago.

"That's not enough for the work they're doing," Driehaus said, referring to the previous amount awarded to winners.

BGA President & CEO Andy Shaw added that "investigations are the core of the BGA's watchdog program, and we deeply appreciate Richard's commitment to the journalists and watchdogs who shine a light on government and hold public officials accountable."

First Place

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Newspaper: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Submission Title: Crime Data Investigation

Contributors: John Diedrich, Ben Poston

 

Second Place

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Newspaper: Belleville News-Democrat

Submission Title: "Hidden suffering, hidden death"

Contributors: Beth Hundsdorfer, George Pawlaczyk

Third Place

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Newspaper: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Submission Title: Hidden Hunting Land

Contributors: Raquel Rutledge, Allan James Vestal and Emily Yount

Honorable Mention

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Newspaper: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Submission Title: Side Effects

Contributors: John Fauber, Ellen Gabler

 

 Photo credit: Tone Stockenström Photography

BGA Honors Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The Better Government Association honors Kirkland & Ellis LLP along with lawyers Matthew Topic and Daniel Lombard for outstanding pro bono service at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting.

 


Chris Bury is a native Chicagoan and respected journalist who spent three decades with ABC News. He reported extensively for "Nightline", "World News" and "Good Morning America". Bury's work has been honored with numerous awards including: six Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and the Alfred I duPont Columbia Journalism School Award.