The Baltimore Sun has won two National Headliner Awards for its series on school segregation and its coverage of corruption in the Baltimore Police Department.

Reporter Liz Bowie and former reporter Erica L. Green earned first place in the education writing category for their series Bridging the Divide: The struggle to move past segregated schools.

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The four-part series explored the issue of school segregation, which was becoming more pronounced even as Maryland's population grew more diverse. With a grant from the Education Writers Association, Bowie and Green — along with photographer Lloyd Fox — examined local schools' attempts to better integrate schools by race and class.

The Sun staff also won second place in the local news beat coverage category among daily newspapers for its ongoing coverage of Baltimore Police corruption amid the federal charges against the department's Gun Trace Task Force unit.

Founded by the Press Club of Atlantic City in 1934, the National Headliner Awards is one of the oldest and largest journalism contests in the country.

The Sun has won several National Headliner Awards in the past, including: first place in spot news in 2016 for coverage of the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent riots; second place that year for a news series in daily newspapers with daily circulation over 100,000 for "Unsettled Journeys," articles that followed three students who had recently immigrated to Baltimore; and first-place for spot news coverage in 2015 of a shooting at the Mall in Columbia.

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