2023 Ethics in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists
2023 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media

Series: Dying for help

‘What if Yale finds out?’
Suicidal students are pressured to withdraw from Yale, then have to apply to get back into the university.

An autistic teen needed mental health help. He spent weeks in an ER instead.
Zach Chafos languished for a total of 76 days in a Maryland ER waiting for a psychiatric bed – part of a growing mental health treatment crisis for teens across the country.

A suicidal son, an iconic bridge and the struggle to keep people from jumping
Dozens of people have leaped to their deaths from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge since it opened in 1952. Cheryl Rogers fought to keep her son from becoming one of them.

‘Is this what a good mother looks like?’
After struggling to get treatment for her mentally ill son, a mother’s act of desperation — giving up custody.


2021 NIHCM Health Care Journalism Award
2021 Features award from the Association of Health Care Journalists

2021 National Headliners Award for pandemic coverage
2021 Public Service Award from the American Association of Suicidology

Series: Shadow Pandemic

Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of Alzheimer’s patients while families watch from afar: One man fights from doorway of nursing home to save his wife

For months, he helped his son keep suicidal thoughts at bay. Then came the pandemic.

Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic

Pandemic worsening transgender mental health to alarming levels

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental health crisis

Podcast: The invisible public health crisis

Follow-up: Pandemic relief bill delivers $4.25 billion for mental health services.


2020 SAVE Award for Excellence in Reporting On Suicide

Once they hid their stories. But now, survivors of suicide are ‘coming out’ to combat a national crisis.

A few simple questions could help doctors stem the suicide epidemic


2020 NIHCM Health Care Journalism Award Finalist

Series: Marketing Hope

Clinic pitches unproven treatments to desperate patients, with tips on raising the cash

This clinic’s experimental stem cell treatment blinded patients. Years later, the government is still trying to stop it.

Miracle cures or modern quackery? Stem cell clinics multiply, with heartbreaking results for some patients.

‘Miraculous’ stem cell therapy has sickened people in five states


2015 National Headliner Award for International News
2015 Human Rights Press Award from Amnesty International and Foreign Correspondents’ Club
2015 finalist for Livingston Award for International News 

Series: Dying for Justice

The Wronged Officers Club
A Chinese tale of abuse and a craving for justice

Blog: Days after we interviewed these former cops, Chinese authorities arrested two of them

Armed and Dangerous
China ends its ban on officers carrying guns, and a string of suspicious shootings follows

Blog: Newly armed police in China say they fear their guns as much as public

Escape from Execution
In China, a rare criminal case in which evidence made a difference

Party Justice
How the secretive, powerful agency in charge of investigating corrupt Chinese officials works


2014 Hugo Shong Reporting on Asia Award from Boston University
2014 Award for General Excellence from Asian American Journalists Association
2014 Human Rights Press Award from Amnesty International and Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Series: Parenting in a Party State

To talk, or not, about Tiananmen 
Witnesses to Tiananmen Square struggle with what to tell their children

One Child, One Death
Parents’ pain is magnified by China’s one-child rule

An Education in Corruption
Parents bribe to get students into top schools, despite campaign against corruption

Left Behind
China’s ‘left-behind children’ reflect toll of labor migration


2011 American Society of News Editors Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity
2011 Religion Writer of the Year

Serving his country, testing his faith
After the Fort Hood shootings, a Muslim American soldier battles on friendly ground

Need a blessing with that bread?
Preacher offers shoppers something they never bargained for

In the midst of crisis, a bedrock of faith
Seminarians still devoted to scandal-scarred vocation


2010 Pulitzer finalist team for breaking news on Fort Hood shooting

Unassuming on the surface, but roiling within
Suspect in Fort Hood rampage had deeply held religious and political beliefs

In aftermath of Fort Hood, community haunted by unheeded clues
As in Detroit case, trail of unnoticed clues reinforces troubling questions


2010 Religion Writer of the Year from Religion Newswriters Association

Soul-Searching on Facebook 

Sense of Sanctuary Lost As Church Attacks Spike 

Friars Trudge 300 Miles and Find Kindred Souls on the Way