Portrait of the Idaho Capital Sun staff in Boise on March 23, 2021. L-R: Clark Corbin, Christina Lords, Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Audrey Dutton (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)
The Idaho Capital Sun received 13 awards, including four first place awards and the honor of Reporter of the Year for Audrey Dutton’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Idaho Press Club banquet held Saturday night at the Boise Centre.
Dutton, who was also named reporter of the year in 2013, received eight awards at the annual event, including a first-place award for a story she wrote for her previous newsroom, the Idaho Statesman. Capital Sun reporters Clark Corbin and Kelcie Moseley-Morris also took home first place awards during the ceremony.
Corbin and Dutton took home the First Amendment award for their coverage of Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education task force and her refusal to release public records and public comments related to the task force’s work. The Idaho Press Club sued McGeachin for the records and won the lawsuit.
To view the full list of awardees across all categories, go to idahopressclub.org/awards.
At the banquet, Voces of Internship of Idaho advisory council member Rachel Spacek announced that the council selected the Capital Sun to host College of Idaho graduating senior Mia Maldonado during the summer months for its first-ever internship placement. The Idaho Capital Sun also opened the application window for its own summer internship for college students or recent graduates on Friday. Applications for that position are due May 13.
The Capital Sun, which is one of 26 nonprofit newsrooms in the States Newsroom network, celebrated its one-year anniversary on March 31.
The Capital Sun’s awards include:
Spot News Coverage – Daily Print
First place: Kelcie Moseley-Morris – Idaho Capital Sun – Legislative staffer testifies at ethics committee investigating Idaho lawmaker accused of rape
Series – Daily Print
First place: Audrey Dutton – Idaho Capital Sun – Health misinformation in Idaho
Third place: Kelcie Moseley-Morris – Idaho Capital Sun – Social worker crisis in Idaho
Political Report – Daily Print
First place: Clark Corbin – Idaho Capital Sun – 30 U.S. states now considering version of Idaho’s transgender athlete bill
Elections Report – Daily Print
Second place: Kelcie Moseley-Morris – Idaho Capital Sun – Where’s the money coming from in Idaho’s statewide races?
Pandemic Report – Daily Print
Second place: Audrey Dutton – Idaho Capital Sun – Inside an Idaho hospital on Thursday, a ‘slower rolling’ mass casualty event
Education Report– Daily Print
Second place: Audrey Dutton – Idaho Capital Sun – 16,000 school-aged kids in Idaho caught COVID-19. That’s not what school reports said.
Business Report – Daily Print
Second place: Audrey Dutton – Idaho Capital Sun – Idaho overpaid road builders millions for shoddy work. State says it won’t happen anymore.
Health/Medical Report – Daily Print
Second place: Audrey Dutton – Idaho Capital Sun – ‘The overall trend is bad’: This is what COVID-19 is doing to Idaho hospitals
Outdoor Feature – Daily Print
Third place: Clark Corbin – Idaho Capital Sun – Are we loving Idaho’s nature to death? Why some have hope for outdoors with record use
General Column – Daily Print
Second place: Christina Lords – Idaho Capital Sun – We’ve put a lot of work into building relationships in Afghanistan and we can’t stop now; Idaho families are still and will always be suffering because of COVID, mine is one; That’s not who we are, Idaho, might be exactly who we are – for now
Website – General Excellence –Online
Third place: Staff – Idaho Capital Sun – IdahoCapitalSun.com
First Amendment Award
First place: Audrey Dutton, Clark Corbin – Idaho Capital Sun – McGeachin Public Records Coverage
Reporter of the Year – Publication
First place: Audrey Dutton – Idaho Capital Sun
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