Awards and honors

Since 2011, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has received accolades that include a first-place national award from the Society of Professional Journalists, a national award for collaborations with college students from The Associated Press Media Editors, two Golden Gavel Awards from the State Bar of Wisconsin, acceptance of its first documentary, Los Lecheros (Dairy Farmers) to screenings at a dozen film festivals nationwide, a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Los Lecheros, and 62 awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

The Center also has received three finalist citations in the student category from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, and recognition from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and Dane County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Browse the list below for a full accounting of honors earned by the Center, and links to the award-winning work.


• 2018 •

Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The case against Richard Beranek, 58, is among 13 in Wisconsin which the FBI acknowledges it used flawed microscopic hair comparison. The Center's coverage of the FBI's flawed techniques won it a Golden Gavel award from the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Los Lecheros (Dairy Farmers) was co-produced by the Center and Twelve Letter Films.

    Los Lecheros (Dairy Farmers)

    Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and Twelve Letter Films debut documentary on immigrant dairy worker tensions

    The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and Twelve Letter Films produced a documentary, “Los Lecheros” (Dairy Farmers), which explores rising tensions over undocumented dairy workers since the election of President Trump.

    It has been accepted into the following film festivals:

      • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, April 2018
      • AmDocs, Palm Springs, April 2018
      • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 2018
      • Wisconsin Film Festival, April 2018
      • Salem Film Fest, March 2018
      • Green Mountain Film Festival, Vermont March 2018
      • Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, March 2018
      • San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 2018
      • Durango Independent Film Festival, March 2018
      • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, February 2018
      • DOC NYC, November 2017
      • Meet the Press/AFI Festival, November 2017

• 2017 •

Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Jacob Reeves, pictured at home in Stoughton, was diagnosed in 2014 with juvenile dermatomyositis — a rare disease that his mother Dawn attributes to the high level of atrazine found in their well water. Jacob's story was featured in the Failure in the Faucet series which won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and the Milwaukee Press Club.


• 2016 •

Waupan solitary cell

Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Inmates can spend years, even decades, in a cell like this one at Waupun Correctional Institution under so-called administrative confinement. This image was part of the Center's award-winning series Cruel and Unusual?


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