Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea McDaniels' three-part series "Collateral Damage that chronicled the impact of violence on Baltimore residents won a 2015 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award.
McDaniels and photographer Lloyd Fox spent a year reporting on the unseen impact of violence on children, caregivers and victims' relatives in Baltimore. McDaniels wrote the articles while participating in The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism. It was published in The Sun in December.
Other winners of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Kavli Science awards include journalists who contributed to outlets such as The New York Times, the PBS NewsHour, the Lansing State Journal in Michigan, among others.
This is the first year the AAAS has expanded entries from across the globe, following an endowment from the Kavli Foundation in 2009.
"The children and families I chronicle in 'Collateral Damage have long suffered from the health problems of living in violent neighborhoods," McDaniels said. "It is the science that has brought validity to the issue and made people pay more attention. I only hope that my work helped to expose the problem even more and will prompt more resources for the communities that need it most."
McDaniels' series has also won first in the Public Health category of the Association of Health Care Journalists' Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism and was among the winners of the James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism. It also received honorable mention from the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, awarded by Columbia's journalism school, and was a finalist for the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation journalism award.