Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea K. McDaniels has won first place in the public health category of the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the Association of Health Care Journalists announced this week.

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The judges praised McDaniels for detailing the often overlooked struggles experienced by generations of Baltimoreans after a family member is injured or killed.

"This series of articles tells the stories of the parents, siblings and children of violent crime victims — those who are left behind after the ambulance drives off — and how their suffering impacts their lives and heath," they said. "McDaniels weaves deep science reporting together with gripping human stories to shed light on this important but often overlooked public health issue."

McDaniels and photographer Lloyd Fox spent more than a year reporting the articles. McDaniels wrote the stories while participating in The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism.

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