Honors & Awards

  • 2021 Sewanee Review Fiction Contest, runner-up: “It’s a story of remarkable tenderness and dexterity, never sentimental and full of surprise. There is such a gift for the unstated here, and the quiet multitudes that fill out depths of our lives.” – contest judge Brandon Taylor.
  • 2012 Virginia Press Association Awards: Writing for The Hook; 1st Place, Public Affairs Writing, “The Ouster of a President” (shared with the rest of the Hook staff); also, based on this, the Hook won the VPA Award for Journalistic Integrity & Public Service for the third time since 2006.
  • 2011 Virginia Press Association Awards: Writing for The Hook; 2nd Place, Public Affairs Writing, for the story “Glitchy System, about Albemarle County schools’ faulty, $2-million software package. “On another day, with a different judge, this could have been first,” the judge commented.
  • 2010: A series of investigative stories I wrote on the suicide of Virginia Quarterly Review managing editor Kevin Morrissey attracted national news coverage [ABCNews, NBC Today Show, LA Times, New York Times], led to a national discussion about workplace bullying, and prompted the University of Virginia to launch an initiative to address the issue. Some details here.
  • 2009 Virginia Press Association Awards: Writing for The Hook; 2nd place, Public Affairs Writing (Judges comment: “A lot of time and research went into reporting this waste war. Truly. This is a public service to your readers.”
  • 2008 Virginia Press Association Awards: The Hook again wins Virginia Press Association’s highest honor, the Award for Journalistic Integrity & Public Service.
  • 2007 Virginia Press Association Awards: Writing for The Hook; 1st place, Multimedia Feature Writing; 2nd place, Special Sections.
  • 2006 Virginia Press Association Awards: Writing for The Hook newspaper; 2nd place, Leisure and Entertainment writing; 2nd place, Multimedia Reporting; The Hook wins Virginia Press Association’s highest honor, the Award for Journalistic Integrity & Public Service.
  • UVA English Department Balch Prize in Fiction, Honorable mention
  • Henry Hoyns Fellowship, University of Virginia

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