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2020 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability Announces Judges

The 2020 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability contest is now closed. We received more than 100 entries from media outlets all over the world on topics ranging from COVID-19 to the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and styles from lifestyle features to investigative projects.

Winners will be announced by the beginning of October.

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The 2020 content winners will join the 2019 winners (pictured) as part of a prestigious group.

Large Media Market Judges:

Jerry Ceppos is the former dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, where he now teaches.

Lisa Davis is a faculty member in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University, the recipient of more than 30 regional and national awards for journalism, and the author of The Sins of Brother Curtis, A Story of Betrayal, Conviction and the Mormon Church. 

Jennifer LaFleur is the Data Editor for American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop and a data journalist-in-residence at AU’s School of Communication.


Small Media Market Judges

Patricia Callahan is a senior reporter for ProPublica; she and Michael J. Berens won the Schneider Award in 2017 for “Suffering in Secret,” a Chicago Tribune investigation into abuse at state-run facilities for people with disabilities.

Leon Dash was a reporter with The Washington Post for 32 years and has taught journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 22 years.

Wendy Lu is a news editor and reporter at HuffPost covering the intersection of disability, politics and culture.

Sara Luterman is a freelance journalist who covers disability policy and politics for publications including The Nation, Vox and The Washington Post; she is based in Washington, D.C.