Reporter Becky Vevea of Chicago NPR member station WBEZ has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Now in its 12th year, the prize is named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist Daniel Schorr, who died in 2010.
The $5,000 Schorr Prize — sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner — salutes a new generation of public radio journalists 35 years old and under, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.
Vevea primarily focuses on education her work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today. She has contributed radio reports to WBUR’s Here & Now, Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Vevea’s winning entry, “Chicago School Closings: Stories Beyond the Headlines” is a series that followed Chicago’s plan to close a record number of public schools in one year. Listen to her winning entry here: