Miami-Dade County

‘Innocents Lost’ child-abuse series wins Florida public service award

Miami Herald reporters Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burch were honored over the weekend with the James Batten Award for Public Service for their investigative series Innocents Lost, which chronicled nearly 500 children who died of abuse or neglect over six years in families that already had a history with the state.

The recognition was among the highest honors handed out at the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards Saturday in Miami.

Five other Herald journalists also won first-place awards:

▪  Gene Miller Award for Investigations: Julie Brown, Cruel and Unusual

▪  Beat Reporting, Arts: Jordan Levin

▪  Beat Reporting, Crime/Courts: Jay Weaver

▪  Breaking News Photography: Al Diaz, Breath of Life.

Blog Writing-Short Form: Evan S. Benn, Brew in Miami

The Herald’s staff also won second place for breaking news in the large newspaper category for Historic Change: Rapprochement of United States and Cuba.

Herald partner WLRN-Miami Herald News won awards for best radio newscast for coverage of the reaction to the death of Haiti’s former president, best radio general coverage for medical marijuana, best radio election coverage for the Florida gubernatorial debate, best public affairs radio for the power of price.

El Nuevo Herald, the Miami Herald’s sister Spanish-language publication, won first place for investigative reporting for Anthony Delgado’s Venezuela coverage, deadline reporting on the U.S.-Cuba diplomatic announcement, and for a special report by Nora Gamez Torres on Cuban politics.

The Tampa Bay Times, which has a partnership with the Herald on state capital coverage, won first place for breaking news for the Florida State University shooting. Other South Florida winners included the Sun Sentinel for feature reporting and commentary, and the Palm Beach Post for a series on supergerms.