The Connecticut Mirror


The awards on this page recognize CT Mirror’s journalistic excellence and reflect our mission of informing Connecticut about public policy, holding government accountable, and amplifying diverse voices and perspectives.

CT Society of Professional Journalists (May 2021)

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Education Writers Association (April 2021)

CT Mirror Housing and Education Reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas won the national first place award for investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association for her housing discrimination work.

Here are two comments from the judges:

  • “Outstanding reporting, showing why more education reporters should leave their silos and report at the intersections of their beats and other social inequity issues.”
  • “Well-written, with a commanding voice. Filled with great details, quotes and narrative drive.”

NENPA (April 2021)

The New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) is the professional trade organization for newspapers in the six New England states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island. It recognizes the extraordinary achievements of newspapers and newspaper personnel in the six-state New England region by presenting a wide variety of prestigious awards each year.

First Place

• CT Mirror Staff
Overall Covid Coverage

• Jenna Carlesso, Health Reporting
Complaints pile up against health care sharing ministries as state mounts a defense

• Kelan Lyons, Social Issues Feature Story
Should police be social workers?

• Mark Pazniokas, Human Interest Feature Story
She worked at a hotspot.  Did coronavirus follow her home?

• Mark Pazniokas, General News Story
The night Covid-19 silenced the slots at Foxwoods

• Keith Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Government Reporting
Lawmakers waived appointments to secure Dalio funds for CT schools

• Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Investigative/Enterprise
Invisible Walls : Separated by Design

• Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Education Reporting
A quarter of CT students went MIA when COVID closed schools. Could holding live, online classes lure them back?

Second Place

• Jenna Carlesso, Keith Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Investigative/Enterprise
The state doesn’t track how many nursing home workers have coronavirus.

Third Place

• Kelan Lyons
Inmates seeking compassionate release face laws not built for Covid-19

Featured Photography

First Place, Yehyun Kim, Feature Photo
Magical Merry-Go Round

Third Place, Yehyun Kim, Feature Photo
Much Needed Haircut

Publick Occurrences (November 2020)

Each year the New England Newspaper & Press Association presents the Publick Occurrences Awards named for the first newspaper published in America in 1690. The awards recognize the year’s most outstanding journalism by individuals and teams at New England newsrooms.

Jenna Carlesso, Award for excellence in New England Journalism
Crisis in CT’s Nursing Homes

Judges’ comments: This news organization forced the revelation of how big a problem – COVID – really was in nursing homes by focusing on the flaws in the data, forcing better reporting. Then they went a step further correlating poor health grades in inspections to COVID outcomes, while clearly explaining the health risks of untested staffers and asymptomatic infected patients, that were the causes of an agonizing 56% of deaths in the state. COVID hit nursing homes fast and hard, and this series showed the gaps in data, inspection, staffing and oversight. It resulted in positive changes. Well planned and executed with very good correlation of data.