Media Excellence Award

Media Excellence Award

2019

Mark Alesia
Mark Alesia

In recognition of his award-winning career with The Indianapolis Star, where he reported on a wide range of topics, including abuses in college sports, poor nursing home conditions, faulty criminal forensic testing and felons with illegal gun permits. Perhaps most notably, he was a member of the 3-person team that broke the story of USA Gymnastics’ failures in dealing with widespread sexual abuse of minors. The reporting led to a 175-year prison sentence for Larry Nassar, a new federal law and the resignations of the USAG President and the entire Board of Directors.

2018

Dr. Gail Stern

For her decades of work changing the cultural dialogue around sex, gender roles, and sexual assault. Dr. Stern is the co-founder of Catharsis Productions, which has provided over 10,000 educational presentations, at more than 1,000 universities and 400 military installations. She co-authored the non-stranger rape prevention program ‘Sex Signals,’ and authored the programs, ‘Beat the Blame Game,’ and ‘Teaching Rape as a Moral Issue.’ She is also the co-creator of the Force of Awesome Institute, a training program for violence prevention educators that incorporates her research on using humor to reduce emotional and cognitive resistance to challenging issues, along with her 30 years of experience in stand-up and improvisational comedy.

2017

T. Christian Miller

For his work as a ProPublica journalist, writing a number of exceptional articles on sexual assault, with a particular focus on the law enforcement investigation and prosecution. In this work, he explores the dynamics and outcomes of sexual assault across a broad spectrum, not just high profile cases. While reporting these stories, Mr. Miller exhibited a deep respect for experts in the field and consistently broadened his perspective to incorporate increasing levels of complexity and nuance.

2016

Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer

For his most recent book, a New York Times best-seller, entitled Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. This well-researched and written piece follows the Department of Justice’s investigation of 350 sexual assaults reported in Missoula from 2008 to 2012, illuminating the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape. The book helps explain why sexual assault remains the most under-reported crime in America, despite devastating and long-lasting effects.

2015

John D. Sutter

For his CNN Change the List piece entitled: The Rapist Next Door. In 2013, more than 30,000 CNN.com readers voted for John Sutter to cover five social justice issues as part of his Change the List project. Rape in the United States was the second of five issues selected for the series. The story offers an extraordinary presentation of facts, and holds great potential to create public awareness to impact both policy and community resources that could revolutionize the quality of life and basic humanity – in Alaska and beyond.

2014

Cara Courchesne

For her vision and partnership, working together to create groundbreaking changes in the media coverage of gender-based violence in Maine and beyond. Cara’s leadership has inspired advocates, journalists, and others from across the country to join hands and follow her lead – to dismantle the cultural supports for violence against women, raise awareness of its devastating impact, and fuel the movement for positive change. Cara is a champions on behalf of survivors everywhere.

2014

Erin Rhoda

For her vision and partnership, working together to create groundbreaking changes in the media coverage of gender-based violence in Maine and beyond. Erin’s leadership has inspired advocates, journalists, and others from across the country to join hands and follow your lead – to dismantle the cultural supports for violence against women, raise awareness of its devastating impact, and fuel the movement for positive change. Erin is a champions on behalf of survivors everywhere.

2013

The Invisible War
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

For creating the film that has brought unprecedented attention to the problem of sexual assault within the U.S. military which helped to strengthen reform efforts within the military’s criminal justice and community response systems.

2012

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Lamar Advertising

By donating valuable media space on roadside billboards, Lamar Advertising has helped to reach communities with the critical message to “Start by Believing” when a loved one discloses a sexual assault. This supportive response helps survivors to reach out for the help they need. With every single person impacted by this message, you have helped to create a long-lasting legacy of positive change.

2011

Rachel Dissell
Rachel Dissell

For achieving the highest standards of excellence in addressing the issues of violence against women. By accurately portraying the dynamics of sexual violence and the devastating impact on victims, she has altered the landscape of societal attitudes. By working collaboratively with professionals in her community she has helped to create a legacy of lasting, positive change.