The Utah Investigative Journalism Project garnered a big win at this year’s National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism competition, winning the organization’s Kenneth R. Harney award for Best Real Estate Consumer Education Reporting.
The award was for coverage of Utah’s handling of the eviction crisis, specifically how the state disbursed federal emergency rental assistance to vulnerable Utahns.
The competition’s judges wrote that “Peterson wove the stories of affected renters and their families with what he found through dogged data reporting that uncovered how federal rental assistance wasn’t being distributed in a timely manner and in some cases was being used to pay landlord legal fees during eviction proceedings.”
Winning entries included “Is Utah misusing federal funding intended to help renters by paying landlord legal fees?,” “Report: Utah disbursed 39% of federal rental assistance by fall deadline,” and “Salt Lake apartment complex hikes rent after receiving the most federal aid in Utah.”
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