Newhouse School announces winners in 2022 Mirror Awards competition

At an awards ceremony in New York City tonight, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications announced the winners in the 2022 Mirror Awards competition for excellence in media industry reporting.

Chosen by a group of journalists and journalism educators, the winners are:

Best Single Article/Story

Janell Ross
The Key Role a Local Newspaper Played in the Trial Over Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder

Best Profile
Jaeah Lee
The Courts Beat
Columbia Journalism Review

Best Commentary
Alexandria Neason
On Atonement
Columbia Journalism Review    

John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting
Robert Mackey
Meet the riot squad: right-wing reporters who use viral videos to smear BLM
The Intercept

Best Story on Media Coverage of the Insurrection and the ‘Stop the Steal’ Movement

Jen Wieczner

Dominion Voting: Big Lies vs. Big Lawsuits


Best Story on Media Coverage of Disinformation/Misinformation Regarding Vaccine and Mask Mandates 
Sheera Frenkel and Tiffany Hsu
Despite Outbreaks Among Unvaccinated, Fox News Hosts Smear Shots
The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online
How Local Media Spreads Misinformation From Vaccine Skeptics
The New York Times

In addition to the juried journalism awards, the Newhouse School presented the Fred Dressler Leadership Award to Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times. Managing editor Joseph Kahn, who will succeed Baquet as executive editor this month, presented the award. The 19th News was honored with the Lorraine Branham IDEA Award, which was presented by Sunny Hostin, three-time Emmy Award-winning co-host of ABC’s “The View,” and accepted by editor-at-large Errin Haines.

The ceremony was held at French Institute Alliance Française. Newhouse associate dean Joel Kaplan presided over the ceremony, filling in for Dean Mark J. Lodato, who had tested positive for COVID earlier in the week and was unable to attend. Newhouse alumni Contessa Brewer ’96 of CNBC and Ghael Fobes ’22 of NBC News served as co-hosts.

The Mirror Awards are the most important awards for recognizing excellence in media industry reporting. Established by the Newhouse School in 2006, the awards honor the reporters, editors and teams of writers who hold a mirror to their own industry for the public’s benefit. For information about the awards, visit or email