At the annual Scripps Howard Foundation awards, just like the Oscars, it is indeed an honor just to be nominated. So kudos are in order to the LA Times, which scored a pair of 2011 finalist mentions.
In the category of “Commentary,” LAT city columnist Steve Lopez and the Detroit News’ Brian J. O’Connor placed behind winner Brian McGrory of the Boston Globe. McGrory will receive $10,000 and a trophy for “helping a priest clear his name, cutting to the core of Mitt Romney, and an array of other thought-provoking columns about big events and small moments.”
Meanwhile, in the “Washington Reporting” bracket, Damian Paletta of the Wall Street Journal edged out LAT reporters David Cloud and W.J. Hennigan as well as New York Times staffer Eric Lipton. Paletta gets the Raymond Clapper Award for “Disabled System,” a five-part series about mismanagement within the Social Security Disability Insurance ranks.
Congrats to all of this year’s winners, which also include California Watch and the Arizona Republic for its breaking news coverage of the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting that injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Prizes will be handed out April 26 in Detroit.