The award, sponsored by the Journalism department at the College of Media, Communication and Information and the Denver Press Club, honors the late Al Nakkula, a 46-year veteran of the Rocky Mountain News whose tenacity made him a legendary police reporter.
The award is for work produced by a reporter or reporting team in print and/or online platforms in the United States in 2016. Entries should take the form of a story or series about one topic and/or event. Sorry, this award is not for broadcast work.
The first-place prize is $2,000. The winner will be invited to speak to classes at the University of Colorado College of Media, Communication and Information and to accept the award at the Denver Press Club's Damon Runyon dinner on March 31, 2017. The second-place finisher will receive a certificate of merit.
Entries will be accepted beginning Jan. 3, 2017 to midnight (Mountain time) on Feb. 12, 2017.
The entry fee is $85.
The winners of the 2016 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting are Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project and T. Christian Miller of ProPublica. They won for their story, "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," jointly published on Dec. 15, 2015. The story is a compelling narrative that details how dogged police work by investigators in Colorado captured a serial rapist and led to the exoneration of a Washington woman who had been wrongfully prosecuted for false reporting of a rape that actually happened. Read more »
|2015||Brad Heath||“Fugitives Next Door”||USA TODAY|
|2014||Reporter Megan O’Matz and Database Editor John Maines||“Cops, Cash, Cocaine”||South Florida Sun Sentinel|
|2013||Ryan Gabrielson||“Broken Shield”||Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch|
|2012||Gina Barton||“Both Sides of the Law”||The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel|
|2011||Cris Barrish||The News Journal|
|2010||Mark Puente||The Plain Dealer|
|2009||Karyn Spencer||Omaha World-Herald|
|2008||Jonathan Schuppe||The Newark Star-Ledger|
|2007||Robert Rogers||The Sun|
|2006||John Diedrich||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Related Stories|
|2005||Amber Hunt Martin||Detroit Free Press|
|2004||Del Quentin Wilber||Baltimore Sun|
|2003||Stacy Finz||San Francisco Chronicle|
|2002||Stephanie Warsmith||Akron Beacon Journal|
|2001||Brigid O’Malley||Naples Daily News|
|2000||Tom Searls||Charleston Gazette|
|1999||Sean Gardiner||The Florida Times-Union.|
|1998||Mark Truby||The Huntington Herald-Dispatch|
|1997||Andy Furillo||The Sacramento Bee|
|1996||Pamela Hill||Northwest Arkansas Times|
|1995||Melvin Claxton||Virgin Islands Daily News|
|1994||William Hermann||The Arizona Republic|
|1993||J.D. Mullane||Bucks County Courier Times|
|1992||Scott Bowles||The Detroit News|
|1991||Diana K. Sugg||The Sacramento Bee|