WDET Receives 14 Awards From The Detroit Society of Professional Journalists

WDET wins big at annual Excellence in Journalism banquet.


Jerome Vaughn/ WDET

WDET is a recipient of 14 awards from the Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. Among the winners are stories and series produced by WDET’s news staff, including our coverage of Detroit’s bankruptcy as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative which has received ongoing support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and The Ford Foundation.

Thank you to all of the WDET members, sponsors and funders that provide us with the resources to create award-winning news and conversations that are important to our community and give Detroit a thoughtful voice in the national dialogue.





First Place, Newscast

Pat Batcheller


Kenny Karpov

First Place, Investigative Reporting

 “Detroit Agenda Series” by WDET News


First Place, General Reporting

 “Water Shutoffs” by Quinn Klinefelter

First Place, Spot or Breaking News Reporting

 “Bankruptcy Trial Begins” by Quinn Klinefelter


Second Place, Newscast

Pat Batcheller

Second Place, Online Blogging

 “Detroit Bankruptcy” by Sandra Svoboda


Second Place, Investigative Reporting

 “Duggan Six Months Series” by WDET News


Second Place, General Reporting

 “Call To Prayer” by Quinn Klinefelter

Pat Batcheller

Second Place, Spot or Breaking News Reporting

 “Flood Coverage” by Pat Batcheller and Jerome Vaughn


Third Place, Newscast

Pat Batcheller


Third Place, Investigative Reporting

 “Bridge Series” by WDET News

Third Place, General Reporting

 “Police Poaching” by Quinn Klinefelter


Third Place, Spot or Breaking News Reporting

 “Bankruptcy Plan Approved” by Quinn Klinefelter


Honorable Mention, Online Feature Story

 “Detroit Bankruptcy” by Sandra Svoboda






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