Atlanta Press Club 2021 Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to our 2021 Awards of Excellence Winners!

The Atlanta Press Club would like to congratulate all our finalists and winners from our 2021 Awards of Excellence. Atlanta-area journalists were able to enter themselves or be nominated by someone else. Entries were judged by volunteers from the National Press Club and Investigative Reporters and Editors on quality of content, demonstrated reportorial skill and the impact of their work.

Courtney Kueppers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Arts & Culture

Caretakers of MLK’s legacy: Rangers help visitors absorb importance of key King sites

Johnny Kauffman, WABE 90.1 FM, The Guardian

Digital News

He Fought For Voting Rights In Georgia, Then He Was Locked Up

Stephannie Stokes, Geoff Hing, WABE 90.1 FM, APM Reports


Equity Theft

Sonam Vashi, Atlanta Magazine and Type Investigations

Investigative Reporting

What will it take for APD to change the way it polices itself?

Sean Powers, Sea Stachura, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Jessye Norman School of the Arts


Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot

Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Print News

Vote-by-mail fraud more a fear than a reality in Georgia

Emma Hurt, WABE 90.1 FM

Radio News

Familiar Echoes: 1918 Atlanta And The Spanish Flu

Emma Hurt, WABE 90.1 FM

Reporting on Civil and Human Rights

Arbery Shooting Sparks Racism, Corruption Questions About Georgia County

Gavin Godfrey, Aboubacar Kante, Canopy Atlanta

Narrative Nonfiction

The water boy’s hustle

Alyssa Pointer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Photo Essay — TIED

Portfolio here.

Ross Williams, Georgia Recorder

Photo Essay — TIED

Atlanta’s protest ends with shattered storefronts and pleas for peace

Jim Burress, WABE 90.1 FM

Use of Sound

Live From Manuel’s Tavern: A Deep Dive Into Atlanta Restaurants Struggling To Stay Afloat

Pat Maddox, Dan Wright, Tricia Owen, Kait Parker, Eric Zerkel, The Weather Channel Digital


Ellicott City, MD.: A City on Edge

Stephen Boissy, WXIA 11Alive

Single Image Photo

Canopy Atlanta,

News Innovation Award

Issue No. 1 / West End

Sean Keenan, Freelance — New York Times, Atlanta Civic Circle, SaportaReport, etc.

The Rising Star Award

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