Malia Zimmerman and Jim Dooley
Malia Zimmerman and Jim Dooley

Hawaii Reporter won 8 awards at the Society of Professional Journalist Awards dinner on Friday, June 29, 2012, including the first place and finalist awards for best investigative reporting in the open media category for 2011 news reports.

Hawaii Reporter also won the top business reporting award, the top online news reporting award, the top award for best cartoon, and were finalists in the best television news documentary and news web site design categories.

Here is the list of awards and judge’s comments:

FIRST PLACE AWARDS

Best Business reporting: As oil prices fluctuate, Matson has not reduced oil surcharge, investigation shows By Malia Zimmerman

Judge’s comments: Excellent job of identifying an issue. Regulators should take note.

See the original story here: As Oil Prices Fluctuate, Matson Hasn’t Reduced Oil Surcharge, Investigation Shows

Best Investigative reporting: Scammed in Laos, Trapped in America by Jim Dooley and Malia Zimmerman

Judge’s comments: Amazing series that captured the eye of the U.S., EPA, and US Department of Labor into some serious human rights abuses. A noteworthy effort to get the tough interviews crossing language and cultural boundaries to do it. These stories are compelling, sad and shocking.

See the original series here:

Scammed In Laos, Trapped in America

Special Investigation: Laotian Workers Suffer Health and Financial Problems on Oahu Farms

After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security

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Best Online News Reporting: Scammed in Laos, Trapped in America by Malia Zimmerman and Jim Dooley 

Judge’s comments: Amazing series that captured the eye of the U.S., EPA, and US Department of Labor into some serious human rights abuses. A noteworthy effort to get the tough interviews crossing language and cultural boundaries to do it. These stories are compelling, sad and shocking.

See the original series here:

Scammed In Laos, Trapped in America

Special Investigation: Laotian Workers Suffer Health and Financial Problems on Oahu Farms

After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security

Best Editorial Cartoon/illustration: Pritchett’s Pen: Discovery Space Shuttle Joins Cash for Clunkers Program by John Pritchett

Judge’s comments: Artist did a stellar job highlighting the plight of the space program and comparing that to other federal budget priorities.

Pritchett’s Pen: Discovery Space Shuttle Joins Cash for Clunkers Program

 

 

FINALIST AWARDS

Investigative reporting (all media): Maui Affordable Housing Project in Disarray by Jim Dooley

Judge’s comments: Great exposure to a specific problem that triggered response from state officials to fix the problem. The ouster of the private management company and a state audit that confirmed the Hawaii Reporter’s findings.

See original story here:

Maui Affordable Housing Project in Disarray 

Series reporting/documentary/special news program (all television media): Hawaii Investigates with Matt Levi – Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility 

See the half hour documentary here:

See information on the show here:

Online news reporting: New Peeping Tom Allegations Against Ex-Cop By Jim Dooley

See original story here:

New Peeping Tom Allegations Against Ex-Cop

Best Website Design:

HawaiiReporter.com

Hawaii Reporter Inc., an award-winning, independent, online news journal, was launched in February 2002 to cover key business, government, political and educational stories in Hawaii.

Hawaii Reporter and its reporters have worked as a consultant to ABC 20/20, FOX News and the New York Post.

Hawaii Reporter has been featured in numerous media outlets around the world including ABC 20/20, American Journalism Review, Associated Press in Tokyo, Associated Press U.S., Bangkok Post, Boston.com, Budget and Tax News, BusinessWeek.com, Clear Channel’s number one and two radio talk shows in Denver, Drudge Report, First Amendment Center, Forbes.com, Fox News Network, Freedom Forum, Gun Talk Radio, GunWeek Magazine, Hawaii Bulletin Board – K108 Sunday Mornings, Hawaii Business Magazine, Hawaii Parent magazine, Hawaii Public Radio, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Magazine, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HonoluluTraffic.com, Honolulu Weekly, Houston Chronicle, KCCN Radio, KGMB TV 9, KHNL News, KHON TV News 2, KITV News 4, KSSK with Perry & Price, Liberty Magazine, Midweek, MSNBC.com, National Review, News Behind the News, NRA Magazine, NRA Radio, Opinion Journal, Olelo Television, Orange County Register, Pacific Business News, PBS Hawaii, Rick Hamada Morning Show, Rush Limbaugh (web site), Samoa News, School Reform News, Small Business News, United Press International, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times foreign bureau, Women and Guns Magazine and WPAL Radio in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jay Leno also gave a shout out to Hawaii Reporter for its coverage on President Obama’s holiday trip to Hawaii on his The Tonight Show.

Hawaii Reporter Editor Malia Zimmerman also hosts a weekly television show, News Behind the News, which airs twice weekly on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 54. The show has featured exclusive interviews with Hawaii’s political, business and military leaders including former Governor Benjamin Cayetano, former Congressman Ed Case, former Congressman Charles Djou, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, former Hawaii State Attorney General Mark Bennett, former Honolulu City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, U.S. Judge Sam King, Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Senator Sam Slom, Senator Jill Tokuda, former Judge Walter Heen, prominent local authors Randall Roth, Bob Sigall and Ken Schoolland, and several transportation experts including Cliff Slater of HonoluluTraffic.com, Panos Prevedouros PhD, Randal O’Toole of Anti Planner, Wendell Cox of Demographia, and Adrian Moore of Reason.

Hawaii Reporter also has its own online television channel found here.

And produced a special half hour documentary in conjunction with investigative reporter Matt Levi called Hawaii Investigates.

Last July 4, Hawaii Reporter was featured on FoxNews.com in a report entitled Online Newspaper Takes on Hawaii’s Political Elite By , that said in part:

“Malia Zimmerman has never been afraid to take on the political establishment in Hawaii. Her site, Hawaii Reporter, is one of the few investigative online newspapers that digs deep into local issues and politics –and that has gained her national attention.”

Read the full story: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/01/online-newspaper-hawaiian-reporter-exposes-political-corruption/#ixzz1cLB2p1Xt

 

To see all the results of the SPJ contest, see this document (12 Awards News Release1) from SPJ’s President Sterling Morita.

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