The Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists won seven journalism awards on Tuesday night from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Reporting on the secretive world of Swiss banking, the criminalization of minor school crimes, the proliferation of “dark money” in U.S. elections, the fate of American workers exposed to toxic substances and the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency’s civil rights efforts was honored.
SPJ DC judges praised the “Environmental Justice, Denied” project in particular — which highlighted the EPA’s inaction — for being “thoroughly investigated and written in a compelling way that brings a human face to the issue,” as well as for bringing “attention to a serious problem in a government agency.”
“It’s great to have this recognition from the Washington press corps of the importance of investigative journalism and the work of the Center for Public Integrity and the ICIJ in U.S. and international reporting,” said Peter Bale, chief executive officer of the Center for Public Integrity.
The awards also came as the Society of Professional Journalists’ DC chapter honored Center for Public Integrity founder Chuck Lewis with its Distinguished Service Award.