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The seven-part “Denied” series on special education quotas won the first-place awards for community service, freedom of information, online package of the year and star investigative report of the year.
The “Chemical Breakdown” series on uncovering Houston’s hidden world of toxic releases won first place in the “Team Effort” category. The reporters involved are Mark Collette, Matt Dempsey, Susan Carroll.
Brian Rosenthal led the reporting on the “Denied” series, which included contribtions from Carroll and St. John Barned-Smith.
The series showed how thousands of disabled children in Texas were denied specialized instruction guaranteed by federal law, exposing a long-standing but previously unreported Texas policy setting a quota on special education services at no more than 8.5 percent of students in any of the state’s 1,200 school districts.
Lisa Falkenberg, a previous Pulitzer Prize winner, won first place in the “star opinion writer of the year” category. Michael Ciaglo was awarded third place as the “star photojournalist of the year.” And Susan Barber won second place as the “star designer of the year.”
The Chronicle also won several APME awards on Saturday, including about a dozen first-place honors for written, digital and photojournalism.
Lauren Caruba, now at the San Antonio Express-News, won first place for feature series. Business reporter Jenny Deam won second place in the category. Deam was also awarded first place for specialty reporting.
Falkenberg won first in general column writing. Joe Holley won first in editorial writing.
Photojournalist Marie D. De Jesus won second and third place for short videos.
Features writer Wei-Huan Chen was awarded second for comment and criticism.
Katherine Blunt, a Hearst fellow now with the Chronicle, won first place in business reporting for work she did at the San Antonio Express-News. Deam won second place in that category and Jordan Blum was awarded third.
Mark Mulligan won first place in spot news photography.
Suzanne Garofalo and Steve Schaeffer won second and third for headlines, respectively. Bill Montgomery won honorable mention. Nadya Shakoor won first place for feature page design. Robert Wuensche won honorable mention.
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