Congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga, who won a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for his investigative piece “Insane. Invisible. In Danger,” a multi-part investigation of the consequences of the state of Florida’s budget cuts on mental hospitals.
Braga was honored alongside Tampa Bay Times reporters Anthony Cormier, formerly of the Herald-Tribune, and Leonora LaPeter Anton.
“I’ve thrashed around my whole career trying to get to bigger papers in bigger cities, but it turns out I was in the right place all along,” said Braga. “I’ve been able to work on fascinating and far-reaching stories, and I’ve been surrounded by extraordinarily talented and driven journalists and patient editors who tolerated my eccentricities and were willing to dole out dozens of second chances.”
This marks the second Pulitzer Prize for the Herald-Tribune and the second time Braga has been a finalist for the honor.
GateHouse Media would like to extend a congratulations to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which was recently awarded the National Press Foundation’s first Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting for its joint investigation with the Tampa Bay Times of Florida’s mental health hospitals.
The five-part “Insane. Invisible. In Danger” series was reported by the Herald-Tribune’s Michael Braga and the Tampa Bay Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier, and focused on conditions at Florida’s institutions for the mentally ill after $100 million in budget cuts.
The judges noted the collaboration between the two competing Florida papers and said the piece was “revealing, thorough, comprehensive and deep. Every element was compelling, from surveillance videos, graphics, data, strong multimedia and top-drawing writing. The project was extraordinarily strong from start to finish.”
“Insane. Invisible. In Danger” also was a finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ recent competition.
We are thrilled to announce that GateHouse Media’s Senior Vice President of Content & Product Development David Arkin was named News Innovator of the Year by the Local Media Association at its Excellence in News Coverage awards.
Each year, the award is given to a local media executive who has improved the news and content strategy at their company through innovative and disruptive ideas.
When nominating Arkin, GateHouse Media’s CEO Kirk Davis said, “David has proven he’s an innovator. He has developed programs that enable newsrooms to spend more time on original content creation, build digitally-focused culture and processes, and develop social media presence and video capabilities that are increasing audience engagement.”
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