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Street Roots wins first place for investigative, social issues and arts reporting

Mickey Hart, former drummer with the Grateful Dead

 

Street Roots received three first place, and one, second place award this weekend from Oregon/Southwest Washington Society of Professional Journalists.

Managing Editor Joanne Zuhl took home first place for "Investigative reporting," for her reporting on homeless deaths with "Domicile Unknown." Street Roots has help lead the conversation on homeless deaths in Multnomah County for more than four years through our reporting and advocacy. 

Zuhl also tool home first place for "Social issues reporting," for the story "Holding the line: a day inside the 211Info's call center."
The story looks at life for 211Info and the people who call in crisis.

Music reporter Sue Zalokar took first place for "Arts reporting," for her interview with Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart. The interview explored Hart's views on mental health, arts in the schools and the mysteries of the universe.

Reporter Alex Zielinski won second place for her reporting on sexual abuse among the homeless with the story, "Sex, lies and homelessness."

Winning these awards is no small feat for Street Roots, knowing that we are a small news organization in the same category with much larger newspapers around the region and state.