From the Nominator
“A Death in South Sudan” tells the story of alumnus Christopher Allen, a young freelance journalist killed while covering the civil war in Sudan, combining exhaustive interviews, access to Allen’s field notes and journals, and the author’s skill at assembling the details in a tour de force of reporting and controlled emotion that presents his life as a triumph as well as a tragedy.
“Who Is America?” examines how some Republican nativists have used the work of Constitutional scholar and University of Pennsylvania professor Rogers Smith—a staunch liberal who opposes their aims—in attempting to overturn birthright citizenship.
“Hope for Katherine Bell” mixes human drama with complex science in tracking how one family’s journey through the realm of rare disease led them to the newest frontier of precision genetic medicine.
From the Judges
“Hope for Katherine Belle,” “A Death in South Sudan,” and “Who is America?” are really impressive articles. They draw the reader into exceptional and deeply human stories through superior writing and structure. The design and layout complemented the textual substance well. This entry was the top of the field amidst imposing competition, and represents the highest quality of editorial content.