The Salt Lake Tribune scores prime honors in Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah contest

The Salt Lake Tribune’s reporting, enhancing and pictures have been honored by the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Tribune acquired 16 first-place awards within the SPJ chapter’s annual contest at an awards banquet held Thursday evening on the Gallivan Center. The Tribune additionally acquired eight second-place awards, 9 third-place honors, and 5 honorable mentions.

Among the highlights for The Tribune:

• The Tribune was honored as Utah’s finest news-oriented web site.

• Political reporter Bryan Schott was named the state’s finest newspaper reporter.

• Tribune photographer Trent Nelson was honored as Utah’s finest information photographer.

Family members at a vigil on the State Capitol in Salt Lake City for Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. Hoover was killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. The picture was amongst those who earned Salt Lake Tribune photographer Trent Nelson the award for “best photographer” on the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners chapter’s annual contest, whose outcomes have been introduced June 16, 2022.

• The Tribune’s protection of the COVID-19 pandemic acquired prime honors. The Tribune’s employees acquired a first-place award for its persevering with protection of COVID-19, whereas The Tribune’s writers swept the rostrum within the COVID-19 investigative class — incomes first-place, second-place, third-place and honorable-mention honors.

• In particular person information beats, The Tribune’s reporters acquired first-place awards for protection of training, surroundings, arts and leisure, prison justice, authorities and options journalism.

• The Tribune’s reporters additionally acquired first-place awards for persevering with protection (of rural homelessness) and basic function reporting (for protection of the deaths of Paiute kids at a state-run boarding college).

Among the particular awards given out Thursday evening, The Tribune acquired two of them.

One was the Josephine Zimmerman Pioneer in Journalism Award, given to the workforce of journalists from The Tribune — notably reporters Jessica Miller and Paighten Harkins, and former staffers Matt Canham and Sam Stecklow — and PBS’s documentary collection “Frontline,” for the “Shots Fired” venture. The venture mixed investigative work, information journalism and “uniquely effective multi-platform storytelling” in constructing a database of police-involved shootings in Utah — a database that no legislation enforcement company had compiled on their very own.

The different was the Public Service Award, given to the Utah Investigative Journalism Project, for its two-year reporting venture “The Eviction Empire,” in partnership with The Tribune. Reporters who labored on the venture reviewed hundreds of paperwork, and interviewed almost 150 sources — together with greater than 100 evicted Utahns to grasp their experiences. The venture created a web site,, which consolidated renters’ sources and defined Utah’s housing legal guidelines in plain English.

Here are the awards acquired by The Tribune on this 12 months’s annual contest. (For a full listing of winners from all information shops, together with radio and tv, go to the SPJ Utah chapter’s web site,

News-oriented web site

• First place: The Salt Lake Tribune employees.

Newspaper reporter

• First place: Bryan Schott.


• First place: Trent Nelson.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Edgar Gago, a person residing on the streets of Provo, stood for a portrait on Sunday, May 16, 2021. The picture was amongst those who earned Salt Lake Tribune photographer Trent Nelson the award for “best photographer” on the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners chapter’s annual contest, whose outcomes have been introduced June 16, 2022.

Arts and leisure reporting

• First place: Sean P. Means, “Ballet alumni described body shaming, bias and intimidation. University of Utah faculty vow continued reform.”

Business/client reporting

• Third place: Kolbie Peterson, “Enter the world of the Goodwill Outlet bins, where some Utahns are feeding the ultimate side hustle.”

Continuing protection

• First place: Taylor Stevens, Bethany Rodgers, Trent Nelson, “Rural homelessness in Utah.”

• Honorable point out: Tony Semerad, “Wealth inside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

COVID-19 persevering with protection

• First place: The Salt Lake Tribune employees.

COVID-19 investigative protection

• First place: Bethany Rodgers, Taylor Stevens and Erin Alberty, “Utah leaders went rogue in early coronavirus response.”

• Second place: Erin Alberty, “Utahns missed out on millions in coronavirus relief.”

• Third place: Jessica Miller, shared with Nate Carlisle, FOX 13, “Here are the men who died from COVID-19 in Utah’s prisons.”

• Honorable point out: Erin Alberty, “Utah kids aren’t being notified of COVID-19 exposure until it’s almost too late to quarantine.”

Criminal justice reporting

• First place: Connor Sanders, “In shadow of Utah national parks, police juggle high call volumes.”

• Third place: Matthew D. LaPlante, “With Parler ban, Utah police and others may have lost a window into planned protests.”

Diversity and fairness reporting

• Third place: Becky Jacobs, “How the other half eats.”

Education reporting

• First place: Courtney Tanner, “Earthquake dangers in Utah schools.”

• Third place: Courtney Tanner, “Grades start to improve in Salt Lake City, but don’t expect pre-pandemic scores.”

Environment reporting

• First place: Zak Podmore, Francisco Kjolseth, “As Lake Powell shrinks, the Colorado River is coming back to life.”

Feature web page design

• Second place: Rudy Mesicek, The Mix cowl, June 6, 2021.

• Third place: Rudy Mesicek: The Mix cowl, Jan. 17, 2021.

General function reporting

• First place: Courtney Tanner and Alastair Lee Bitsóí, “Bodies of Paiute children believed to be buried at site of former Utah indigenous boarding school.”

• Second place: Courtney Tanner, “‘Mr. Lewis, your wife has woken up.’”

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) The metropolis just isn’t permitting unsheltered individuals to sleep in tents, so a girl covers herself with a blanket below an overpass, attempting to remain out of the snow, on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. The picture earned Tribune photographer Rick Egan a first-place honor within the “general news photo” class on the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners chapter’s annual contest, whose outcomes have been introduced June 16, 2022.

General information picture

• First place: Rick Egan, “No Tents Allowed.”

• Third place: Trent Nelson, “Fallen Marine.”

General information reporting

• Second place: Leia Larsen, “$500K in federal coronavirus money used to build tubing hill in Utah’s Uintah County.”

• Honorable point out: Leia Larsen, “How a Habitat for Humanity building plan went awry.”

Government reporting

• First place: Leia Larsen, “Republican women say they experienced a toxic environment in the Salt Lake County GOP.”

• Second place: Matt Canham, “What is ‘the Utah way’?”

• Honorable point out: Bryan Schott, “A Utah group is going door to door looking for election fraud.”


• First place: Francisco Kjolseth and Zak Podmore, “Shrinking Lake Powell.”

Personality profile

• Honorable point out: Peggy Fletcher Stack, “This ‘Jeopardy!’ king loves atlases, Legos, long novels and trivia, but who is the real Ken Jennings?”

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Two wild horses from the Onaqui wild horse herd spar and struggle, after the primary day of the removing of untamed horses from Utah’s Onaqui Mountains close to Dugway, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The picture was a part of a package deal that earned Salt Lake Tribune photographer Rick Egan a third-place honor for “photo essay” on the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners chapter’s annual contest, whose outcomes have been introduced June 16, 2022.

Photo essay

• Third place: Rick Egan, “Onaqui Horses.”


• Second place: David Noyce, Peggy Fletcher Stack, Christopher Samuels, “‘Mormon Land’: In wake of Capitol siege, a conversation with retired Senate leader Harry Reid.”

• Third place: Xoel Cardenas, Andy Larsen and Eric Walden, “How ‘Bout This Jazz, Ep. 11: Can the Utah Jazz backcourt step it up on defense?”

Solutions journalism

• First place: Luke Peterson, “How a Utah vertical farm combats climate change.”

• Second place: Saige Miller and Becky Jacobs, “Closing Utah’s wage hole.”

Spot information picture

• First place: Rick Egan, “Parleys Fire.”

Use of news-oriented social media

• Second place: The Salt Lake Tribune employees, The Salt Lake Tribune on Twitter.

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