Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists SPJ
Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists SPJ

A Connecticut Mirror investigation of the state’s failure to keep records of its $100 million-plus health care system for prisoners has been awarded the prestigious Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.

Reporters Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Clarice Silber were recognized for their work “Denied: A look into inmate health care”  at the annual Connecticut SPJ’s annual awards ceremony Thursday night.

The story, published last December, detailed how the lack of record-keeping has thwarted efforts by lawmakers and civil rights groups to determine whether the state Department of Correction is providing appropriate health care to inmates.

In addition to the Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award, named after the late Hartford Courant investigator Theodore Driscoll, reporters at the CT Mirror also were recognized in the following categories:

“I’m extremely proud of the work my staff does every day to hold government accountable,” said CT Mirror Editor Elizabeth Hamilton.  “This recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists is proof that small, non-profit news organizations like ours are playing an increasingly important role in Connecticut’s media landscape.”

In addition to the Driscoll award, SPJ also presented two other major awards Thursday night:

Longtime state Capitol reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media, Ken Dixon, was inducted into the Connecticut Journalism Hall of Fame at the ceremony.  Also inducted was John Elliott, news director at 96.5 WTIC-FM from 1976 to 2018.

Here is a list of all the state’s award winners and their work.

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS! to all of the reporters and to the CT Mirror. You exemplify what journalism is supposed to be. Well done!

    And congratulations, as well, for having the grace, dignity and humility to name other award winners and to provide a link to see ALL those honored.

  2. Congratulations Mirror writers! Your work is indeed, exceptional — and essential. May your journalistic efforts prosper, and may the Mirror and your individual careers prosper professionally/financially…

  3. Congratulations to the CT Mirror and staff. I am hoping this acknowledgement and award will drive you all to take journalism to an even higher level in this state. The need is there…The CT Mirror has the skills and knowledge to take advantage of this opportunity. Once again, congratulations to all!.

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