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)
- Reporting Series, Tom Condon, Kelan Lyons, Keith Phaneuf, Jenna Carlesso, Mark Pazniokas, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
A Better Deal: Inclusive Economic Recovery
- COVID News, Mark Pazniokas
The night COVID-19 silenced the slots at Foxwoods
- Government, Keith M. Phaneuf
Lamont is guarding reserves. Critics say he’s prioritizing austerity over COVID response
- Education, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Two districts, two very different plans for students while school is out indefinitely
- In-Depth, Jan Ellen Spiegel
CT keeps losing power when storms strike. But that doesn’t have to happen.
- News Photo, Cloe Poisson
A mock funeral for George Floyd
- COVID News, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
An eviction tsunami is on the horizon, and with it comes more COVID cases
- COVID Investigative, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Six months into pandemic, just two families have received aid from state’s rental assistance program
- Government, Keith M. Phaneuf
Broken promises to fund transportation defined last 15 years
- Investigative, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Separated by Design: How wealthy towns keep people with housing vouchers out
- Business, Mark Pazniokas
Eversource was on a victory lap. Then came Isaias
- Diversity Coverage, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
Achievement gaps for English learners linger, troubling CT’s first Hispanic education chief
- COVID Series, Jan Ellen Spiegel
Food access during COVID-19
- Business, Jenna Carlesso
‘There’s pain everywhere.’ Hospitals stand to lose $1.5 billion amid COVID-19 crisis
- Health, Jenna Carlesso
As pandemic wears on, Connecticut prepares to launch its long-awaited health information exchange
- Courts/Crime, Kelan Lyons
Dulos, money bail and an ongoing conversation about bond reform
- Data, Kasturi Pananjady
His hospital is about 80% full. But he’s not alarmed — yet.
- Feature Photo, Yehyun Kim
A magical merry-go-round, hot yoga and, oh yeah, that much-needed haircut
- Photo Essay, Yehyun Kim
Despite COVID shutdowns, arts organizations keep the holiday spirit going
- COVID Photo, Cloe Poisson
Visiting through the glass
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.
• 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?
• Jenna Carlesso, Keith Phaneuf and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Investigative/Enterprise
The state doesn’t track how many nursing home workers have coronavirus.
• 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.