The Washington Blade was honored by the D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for reporting and opinion writing in the annual Dateline Awards competition.
In the category of Non-Breaking News, the Blade’s senior news reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. won first place for his 2018 in-depth report titled, “Revisiting 10 unsolved LGBT murders in D.C.” Chibbaro researched 10 cold case murders in the city and interviewed a wide range of police and family sources for each.
In the category of Editorial/Opinion Writing, the Blade’s international news editor, Michael K. Lavers, won first place for “US no longer stands for human rights around the world.” Reflecting on his travels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Lavers observed, “American exceptionalism, however flawed, teaches us the U.S. is a beacon of hope to those around the world who suffer persecution. American exceptionalism, however flawed, teaches us the U.S. is the land of opportunity where people can build a better life for themselves and for their families.
“Trump has turned his back on these ideals. He has also proven himself to be a danger not only to his country, but to the world as a whole.”
Lavers was also cited as a finalist in the non-breaking news category for two stories, “LGBT Venezuelans find refuge in Colombia” and “Trump immigration policy sparks concern on US-Mexico border.”
Blade features editor Joey DiGuglielmo was named a finalist in the features category for “Getting to know new Washington Bach Consort Conductor Dana Marsh” as well as in the Commentary & Criticism category for “Troye Sivan conjures up minimalist magic at the Anthem.”
“Congratulations to our staff for these well-deserved honors,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff. “These awards reflect our ongoing commitment to excellence in all of our reporting, from criticism to feature writing to hard news reporting.”