An investigation of violence-plagued public schools. A memorable narrative about an autistic young adult achieving independence. A shocking account of unprosecuted rapes on a Native American reservation. An intensive 360-degree examination of a city’s infant mortality crisis. Fresh and personal stories by youth who are undocumented, coming out as LGBT, or dealing with multiple mental health diagnoses. A series of columns about a surprising epidemic of childhood hunger. A photographic essay documenting the journey to recovery of a 9-year-old boy blinded by a stray bullet.
These are the journalistic efforts that rose to the top in the 2012 competition for Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism.