The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded The Utah Investigative Journalism Project several awards for 2018 reporting, including the state’s top investigative reporting prize at its annual banquet last night.
Project founder and reporter Eric Peterson was awarded the Don Baker Investigative Reporting Award for the two part-series “Who Killed Anthony Adams?” exploring the cold-case of Anthony Adams, a gay, black, socialist activist killed in 1978 in Salt Lake City.
Peterson also won 1st place in the Division A category for Education Reporting for the expose of Innovations High, a school where the principal marketed himself as an education consultant based on distorted grade statistics for the school.
Contributor Emma Penrod also nabbed a 1st place trophy in the category of Minority Issues for her reporting on plans for the development of a controversial uranium mill on a Ute tribal reservation in southern Utah.
Contributor Luke Ramseth won 2nd place for Medical/Science reporting on how opioid makers spent nearly a million dollars on Utah doctors during the worst years of the opioid crisis.
Peterson also was 2nd place for Best Newspaper Reporter.