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. Nakkula passed away in 1990.
The award is for work produced by a reporter or reporting team in print and/or online platforms in the United States in 2018. 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 and to accept the award at the Denver Press Club's Damon Runyon dinner on March 1, 2019. The second-place finisher will receive a certificate of merit.
|2018||Topher Sanders and Ben Conarck||"Walking While Black"||ProPublica, Florida Times Union|
|2017||Jennifer Bjorhus and Kelly Smith and the investigative team||"A Cry for Help"||Minneapolis Star Tribune|
|2016||Ken Armstrong, T. Christian Miller||An Unbelievable Story of Rape||The Marshall Project, ProPublica|
|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|
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