Baltimore Sun wins national journalism awards for Freddie Gray coverage

The Online News Association has honored The Baltimore Sun with two awards for its digital coverage of the Freddie Gray case and the Baltimore riots.

The Sun was honored in the breaking news, medium category, for its live coverage of the Freddie Gray case and the Baltimore riots. Many Sun reporters, photographers, editors, designers and other journalists contributed to the coverage.


The Online Journalism Awards were announced during ONA's annual conference in Los Angeles.

The Sun was also recognized in the explanatory reporting, medium category, for "The 45 Minute Mystery of Freddie Gray's death," a story and interactive video timeline, published April 25, that revealed new information about Gray's arrest and transport in a Baltimore police van on April 12. Gray died a week later from a severe spinal injury.

Sun reporter Kevin Rector wrote the article. Designers Greg Kohn and Adam Marton, visual journalists Catherine Rentz, Amy Davis and Kenneth K. Lam, and video editor Christopher T. Assaf, among others, contributed to the package.

A Mother Jones story, "What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?" also won in the explanatory reporting, medium category.

The two honors are the most Online Journalism Awards won by The Sun in a single year.

The Sun's "Undue Force investigative series on Baltimore police misconduct settlements was a finalist in the medium category for the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award. That award was won by The Center for Investigative Reporting ("The Dark Side of the Strawberry").

The Sun won its first Online Journalism Award last year for "Breaking the Silence about the sexual assault of men in the U.S. military.

ONA describes the Online Journalism Awards as "the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites."