Texas Tribune Journalists Honored with Five Top Awards in 2023 Texas Managing Editors Competition

The Texas Tribune's journalists win top honors for their exceptional reporting on critical issues facing the state, showcasing the importance of in-depth, public-service journalism.

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Texas Tribune Journalists Honored with Five Top Awards in 2023 Texas Managing Editors Competition

Texas Tribune Journalists Honored with Five Top Awards in 2023 Texas Managing Editors Competition

The Texas Tribune's journalists have been recognized with five top honors in the 2023 Texas Managing Editors awards, showcasing their exceptional reporting on critical issues facing the state.

Among the notable winners is Eleanor Klibanoff, the Tribune's women's health reporter, who was named Star Reporter of the Year for her coverage of rural delivery room closures, a woman's dilemma with twins, and the decades-long effort to tilt the federal judiciary in Texas to the right.

In addition to Klibanoff's individual recognition, the Tribune's investigative team, in collaboration with ProPublica, won first place for Star Investigative Report for their exposé on a former NFL player who convinced Texas officials to spend millions on his company's child-fingerprinting kits.

The joint Tribune-ProPublica team and Tribune reporters also secured the Freedom of Information Award for their investigation into law enforcement failures during the Uvalde mass shooting and related stories.

Why this matters: The Texas Tribune's award-winning journalism highlights the importance of in-depth reporting on issues that directly impact the lives of Texans. By shedding light on women's health challenges, the influence of politics on the judiciary, and the misuse of public funds, these journalists play a vital role in holding those in power accountable and informing the public.

The Texas Tribune's infographics and video teams were also recognized for their outstanding work, with awards for their coverage of Texas' record $32.7 billion surplus and a moving story on the legacy of a 1998 hate crime in Jasper, Texas. These visual storytelling elements enhance the Tribune's reporting and engage readers in compelling ways.

The 2023 Texas Managing Editors awards, which represent news leaders across the state, also honored other notable publications such as the Houston Chronicle, El Paso Times, and Dallas Morning News, naming them Newsroom of the Year in their respective categories.

"The Texas Tribune's journalists consistently produce high-impact, public-service journalism that informs and engages Texans on the issues that matter most to them," said Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Sewell Chan. "We're honored to have our work recognized by our peers in the industry."

Key Takeaways

  • Texas Tribune journalists won 5 top honors in 2023 Texas Managing Editors awards.
  • Eleanor Klibanoff named Star Reporter of the Year for coverage of women's health issues.
  • Tribune's investigative team won awards for exposés on child-fingerprinting kits and Uvalde shooting.
  • Tribune's infographics and video teams recognized for coverage of Texas' budget surplus and a hate crime.
  • Other notable publications like Houston Chronicle, El Paso Times, and Dallas Morning News also honored.