Happy Weekend, all.
On Thursday, the Capital-Star team learned that it had won four 2021 Keystone Media Awards, including three first place awards!
First Place: Stephen Caruso, “Sent back to work, state human service workers say their offices aren’t prepared for the coronavirus;” “Philly caseworkers take leave, DHS closes offices after COVID-19 diagnoses;” “As cases grow, human service workers say they can’t use COVID-19 leave offered to other state employees,” Enterprise Reporting.
Honorable Mention: Stephen Caruso, “Ahead of primary, taxpayers bankroll questionable COVID ads;” “As Turzai backs police reform before resignation, Black lawmakers judge his legacy;” “The state Legislature received masks made by prisoners — but it’s unclear who used them;” “Pa. conservatives’ hopes for subpoena-fueled election investigation quashed by political reality;” “Campaign committees raise record $35.4 million to spend on Pa. Legislature in 2020 election;” “Can a closed Capitol be transparent? Yes, say experts,” News Beat Reporting.
First Place: John L. Micek, Stephen Caruso, Cassie Miller and Hannah McDonald, “Biden wins Pennsylvania, captures 20 electoral votes; set to become President-elect of the U.S.; Harris to make history as vice president,” Breaking News Story.
First Place: John L. Micek, “Reopening isn’t good enough. We need a reset on everything | Friday Morning Coffee;” “This is my family’s COVID-19 story. May all their lives be a blessing;” “‘People of color are exhausted’: What it’s like to be Black and American in this brutal spring,” Column.
You can read more about the awards here.
For the past two years, our team has dedicated its time and effort to diligently covering the state Capitol and beyond. We’ve been laser-focused on policies, proposed legislation, and explanatory stories that inform the dialogue around what’s happening here in Pennsylvania, as well as taking deep dives into the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized for those efforts. But more than anything, we hope we’ve informed and empowered those who read our coverage. Our one-of-a-kind coverage and these awards wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our readers.
So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for your continued support of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.
As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
Cassie Miller, Associate Editor