On April 27, 2018, at the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists 2017 Best in Indiana Contest awards ceremony at the Indianapolis Marriott North, I won First Place for Coverage of Government or Politics for publications with a circulation below 30,000. My winning story, “Holcomb doubles Pence's 4-year total of pardons in one day,” was originally published Dec. 13, 2017.
Here are the judges' notes for my winning entry:
“Interesting use of records to compare and contrast pardons by recent governors. Insightful analysis into former Governor Mike Pence's apparent hesitation to exercise the pardoning authority for the sake of political convenience.”