The Palm Beach Post by Andrew Marra
July 21, 2019
The annual Sunshine State Awards are organized by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Florida chapter.
The Palm Beach Post won eight first-place awards and 11 other honors Saturday at the Sunshine State Awards, a statewide journalism contest organized by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Florida chapter.
Post journalists earned top honors for work ranging from investigative reports on Florida’s opioid crisis and felon voting rights to ongoing reporting on sports and the courts system, photographic coverage of a school shooting and innovative video and social media presentations.
Winning first place for best series was “Pay to Prescribe: The Fentanyl Scandal,” by John Pacenti, Holly Baltz, Mike Stucka and Melanie Mena. The series explored a Boca Raton man’s role in how a company pushed a powerful and addictive fentanyl spray for common pain.
The Post staff won first place in the state & local election reporting category for a collection of stories on felon voter rights and election problems.