COLUMBIA, Missouri – Journalists who exposed the plight of medically fragile children, unsafe schools and dangers in remote Alaskan villages are among the winners of the 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

Some of the winners and finalists in this year’s contest faced personal peril for pursuing their stories. As examples, a Catholic diocese tried to tarnish the reputation of a reporter’s brother, who was a seminarian, and the Myanmar government jailed two Reuters journalists in an attempt to prevent publication.

“The consensus among the judges was that this year’s winners and finalists were among the best works they’ve ever seen,” said Jill Riepenhoff, chair of the IRE Awards contest committee. “The investigations exposed maddening, shocking, shameful and tragic behavior by government agencies and private entities. They also showed the resilience and determination of journalists to hold the powerful accountable.”

This year’s winners were selected from more than 500 entries. One project, “Myanmar Burning,” was singled out for an IRE Medal, the highest honor the organization bestows. The awards, given since 1979, recognize the most outstanding watchdog journalism of the year. The contest covers 18 categories across media platforms and a range of market sizes.

The IRE Awards will be presented at a luncheon on June 15 at the 2019 IRE Conference in Houston, Texas.

2018 IRE Award winners:

IRE Medal: Myanmar Burning,” Reuters, Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo and their Reuters colleagues
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Tom Renner Award (for covering organized crime or other criminal acts)War Crimes and Corruption in Yemen,” The Associated Press in partnership with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Maggie Michael
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FOI AwardThe Force Report,” NJ Advance Media, Craig McCarthy, Carla Astudillo, Stephen Stirling, S.P. Sullivan, Erin Petenko, Disha Raychaudhuri, Blake Nelson, Yan Wu, Joe Atmonavage, Christopher Baxter, Ashleigh Graf
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Print/Online Division IMyanmar Burning,” Reuters, Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo and their Reuters colleagues (medal winner)
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Print/Online Division II (tie):

Print/Online Division IIIPerversion of Justice: How a Future Trump Cabinet Member Gave a Serial Sex Abuser the Deal of a Lifetime,” Miami Herald, Julie K. Brown and Emily Michot
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Print/Online Division IVFrom Criminal to Cop in Alaska’s Most Vulnerable Villages,” Anchorage Daily News, Kyle Hopkins
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Broadcast/Video Division IDeceptive Diplomacy — Cover-up by the UN,” SVT Mission Investigate, Swedish Television, Le Monde, Radio France International, Foreign Policy Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung
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Broadcast/Video Division IILien On Me,” KUSA-TV, Denver, Chris Vanderveen, Chris Hansen, Anna Hewson, Katie Wilcox, Nicole Vap
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Broadcast/Video Division IIIThe Two-Hour Diploma,” Fox45 News, Baltimore, Jeff Keene, Chris Papst, Carolyn Sachse, Dwayne Myers, Kevin Drennan
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Broadcast/Video Division IVFall From Grace: How Buffalo’s Bishop Hid Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo,” WKBW I-Team, Charlie Specht, Jeff Wick
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Radio/Audio – LargeInsult to Injury,” Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, PRX, KQED, Will Evans, Alyssa Jeong Perry, Katharine Mieszkowski, Taki Telonidis, Ziva Branstetter
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Radio/Audio – Small: No winner

Student – LargeFood Plight: Cafeteria Inspections Reveal Critical Health Violations at New York City Schools,” CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Pauliina Siniauer, Mallory Moench, Rahima Nasa, Jeremy Ibarra, Lizeth Beltran, Nicole Rothwell
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Student – SmallStudent Threatened Professor More Than a Year Before Killing Him,” USC Annenberg Media, Cole Sullivan and Sam Bergum
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Investigations Triggered by Breaking NewsZero Tolerance,” ProPublica, Ginger Thompson, Nadia Sussman, Adriana Gallardo, Derek Kravitz, Decca Muldowney, Alex Mierjeski, Claire Perlman, Lilia Chang, Ken Schwencke, Jess Ramirez, Kavitha Surana, Robert Faturechi
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IRE Award for Sports InvestigationsSpartan Secrets,” ESPN Outside the Lines/E:60, John Barr, Paula Lavigne, Dan Murphy, David Lubbers and Nicole Noren
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Book: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou

Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog JournalismToxic City: Sick Schools”, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, Dylan Purcell, Jessica Griffin, Garland Potts, James Neff
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Click here for a complete list of winners, finalists, judges and judges’ comments.