A Baltimore Sun investigation into $4.6 million in workers' compensation claims by hundreds of city educators hurt by students in 2013 has won the Education Writers Association's first place award for investigative reporting, the association said Thursday.
The February 2014 project, "Painful Lessons," was authored by Sun reporters Erica L. Green and Luke Broadwater and former Sun reporter Scott Calvert. Calvert now works at the Wall Street Journal. It documented more than 300 claims related to assaults or run-ins with students and reported that the city schools system trails only the Police Department in injuries reported per year.
Judges praised the report's combination of "ingenious approach to public records" and "dogged personal reporting."
"This presents a complete and provocative investigation into a costly and troubling problem," they said. "It has an array of features aside from the strong narrative that lays out the problem in compelling fashion.
"It includes profiles of the victims, data interactives, a scrolling list of quotes, that show the depth of the problem. It makes the case that much of the problem could be resolved or reduced through better policy and oversight. This kind of package will likely yield change/action from the school district and the city."
Green, Broadwater and Calvert will be among those honored at the association's annual awards banquet in Chicago next month.