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March 10, 2022

Semi-Finalists for 2022 Goldsmith Prize

This year nearly 170 examples of investigative reporting were nominated for the Goldsmith Prize. The following 24 semi-finalists were among the top 30 entries that this year’s judges read. While they were not selected as one of the six finalists for the prize, the judges deemed that they were of extremely high quality and fit the Prize’s criteria for impact on US public policy, and so are worthy of public recognition. They are listed here in alphabetical order, with links to the original reporting.

Behind the Blue Wall
USA Today
Gina Barton, Daphne Duret, Brett Murphy

Beyond Brittany
BuzzFeed News
Katie J.M. Baker, Heidi Blake

Birth and Betrayal
Miami Herald
Carol Marbin Miller, Daniel Chang

Black Snow
The Palm Beach Post
Lulu Ramadan, Ash Ngu, Maya Miller, Nadia Sussman

Colorado Supreme Court Scandal
Denver Gazette and Denver Post
David Migoya

Death Sentence
The Indianapolis Star
Ko Lyn Cheang, Robert Scheer, Ryan Martin, Tim Evans

Draining the Forests
The Fort Collins Coloradoan
Jacy Marmaduke, Caitlin McGlade, Joan Meiners, Erin Rode, Geoff Hing

Drowning in Debt
WBEZ Chicago
María Inés Zamudio

Exposing the Unchecked risks of AI in Medicine
Casey Ross

Failures Before the Fires
Chicago Tribune and Better Government Association
Madison Hopkins, Cecilia Reyes

Hidden Earmarks
The State and The Island Packet
Lucas Smolcic Larson

House of Cards
Miami Herald
Sarah Blaskey, Sohail al-Jamea, Ben Conarck, Aaron Leibowitz

Inequality Tax
Paul Murray, Mira Rojanasakul, Caleb Melby, Jason Grotto

Inspecting the Inspectors
Lee Zurik, Cody Lillich, Jon Turnipseed

Killings on Ticheli Road
LSU Manship School News Service
Rachel Mipro, Liz Ryan, Lara Nicholson

Norah O’Donnell Investigates: A Silent Epidemic in the U.S. Military
CBS News
Norah O’Donnell, Kristin Steve, Adam Verdugo, Len Tepper

On Edge
Colorado News Collaborative
Laura Frank

On Our Watch
Sukey Lewis, Sandhya Dirks, Nicole Beemsterboer, Leila Day

Pandora Papers
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Will Fitzgibbon, Debbie Cenziper, Peter Whoriskey, Spencer Woodman

Politically Charged
David Biscobing

School Board Lessens Punishment in Sexual Assault Case
The Madison County Record
Ellen Kreth, Jamie Smith, Celia Kreth, Shannon Hahn

Unfair Burden
Houston Chronicle
Stephanie Lamm, Eric Dexheimer, Jay Root, Mike Morris, John Tedesco

When Abusers Keep Their Guns
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
Jennifer Gollan, Katharine Mieszkowski, Amina Waheed

Windsor Investigation
San Francisco Chronicle
Alexandria Bordas, Cynthia Dizikes


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