Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Award

The Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Awards have been presented annually since 1992 to recognize excellence in journalism, and specifically to recognize significant stories, series, or bodies of work that advance the understanding of, and enhance public discourse on, child health and well-being issues, including but not limited to health, health care reform, child nutrition, child safety, child poverty, child care, education, child abuse, foster care, former foster youth, juvenile justice, and children with special needs.

These awards, which are administered by the Children's Advocacy Institute, are funded entirely through generous donations to CAI: Child Welfare Scholarship and Journalism Awards, Inc., a separate 501(c)(3) organization.  A distinguished Award Selection Committee reviews significant pieces of journalism and related forms of media, and selects annual winners based on scope and depth of research, initiative and level of effort; quality of writing and, in the case of broadcast entries, production quality; and contribution to public understanding of the topics addressed.

Past recipients of the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Award are listed below.




  • The Chronicle of Social Change for the outstanding and compelling contributions it makes daily to the public's understanding of the plight of children and youth in foster care, as well as other vulnerable populations
  • The Center for Investigative Reporting for the outstanding and compelling contributions it makes daily to the public's understanding of the plight of children and youth, as well as other vulnerable populations


  • Laurel Rosenhall of for the following child- and youth-related articles:
    • Health care:A child's death and the power of the dental lobby” follows a grieving family as they advocate for a change to state law regarding anesthesia in pediatric dental care. They found themselves up against the dentists’ trade association, which is a huge donor to California political campaigns.
    • Juvenile justice: Despite arguments from human rights advocates, California lawmakers have repeatedly rejected bills to restrict the use of solitary confinement on youth. Legislators lock up bills to limit solitary confinement of juveniles” explains the power of the law enforcement lobby.
    • Child abuse:What to disclose when an abused child nearly dies” examines a long-standing fight between child welfare advocates and the government agencies charged with protecting vulnerable children from harm.
    • Public education: Written during the primary campaign season, “Education fight over ‘shades of Democrat’” reveals how teacher unions and school reform groups vie for influence in the Legislature by funding campaigns for opposing Democrats. The outcomes could determine how California schools help the most disadvantaged students succeed.
    • Environmental health:Lawmakers reject bills aimed at artificial turf” explores a debate over the health risks for children who play sports on certain types of artificial fields. The story shows that California lawmakers repeatedly side with labor and business interests that install the turf, over the concerns of parents and health advocates



  • The Los Angeles Times' Continuing Coverage of Los Angeles County's Child Welfare Crisis and Reporting on Foster Family Agencies by Garrett Therolf





  • 1st Place: The San Diego Union Tribune series, "Short Lives Revealed," written by Greg Moran, a compelling look at the plight of children in San Diego County's child welfare system—and revealing details about nearly 20 children who died while in foster care.
  • 2nd Place: The San Francisco Chronicle special report, "Eyes on the Prize," written by Jill Tucker and Nanette Asimov, tracking the lives of the 1995-96 kindergarten class at Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School, and revealing how the students fared against tremendous obstacles as they worked toward their high school diplomas with the class of 2008.



  • 1st Place (tie): The Pasadena Weekly series, "Throwaway Kids," written by Joe Piasecki, a five-part series chronicling the dangers and pitfalls that await thousands of youth aging out of the foster care system each year.
  • 1st Place (tie): The San Francisco Chronicle series of editorials and news stories entitled, “No Refuge,” exposing the failings and deficiencies of California’s foster care system, and urging positive change for the children involved.
  • 3rd Place: The Press-Enterprise article entitled, "No Rescue," an in-depth report by Paige Austin on how social services agencies and others failed to protect two young boys from being tortured and eventually beaten to death.
  • Special Interest Award: Daniel Heimpel, for "Foreign Turf," a series of articles appearing in Tu Ciudad Magazine and on how a lacrosse team in South Los Angeles is offering high school students a positive alternative to gangs and drugs.


  • 1st Place: The Sun (San Bernardino) series, "Enough," written by The Sun's staff, illuminates the violence that plagues the San Bernardino area, its direct effect on children and youth, and the community's response.
  • 2nd Place (tie): The Los Angeles Daily Journal article, “Landfill Blamed for Student Illnesses,” reported by Anat Rubin, details the possible link between respiratory infections in a Los Angeles school and a neighboring waste management facility.
  • 2nd Place (tie): The Sacramento Bee series, "Put to the Test,” reported by Laurel Rosenhall, with photos by Carl Costas, examines the struggles of some California students attempting to pass the newly-instated California High School Exit Exam.


  • 1st Place: San Francisco Chronicle series, "Too Young to Die," reported by Erin McCormick and Reynolds Holding, a five-part series revealing the glaring disparities in infant mortality rates among certain San Francisco neighborhoods, examining factors potentially contributing to the disparities, and introducing readers to the personal stories of California families impacted by infant death rates comparable to those of Bulgaria or Jamaica.
  • 2nd Place: The Sun (San Bernardino) series, "Table to Grave - America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic" by reporters Annette Wells, Selicia Kennedy-Ross, and Leigh Muzslay and photographer Jennifer Cappuccio, a four-day series examining the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of childhood obesity.
  • 3rd Place: The Los Angeles Daily Journal article, "Death at 4, With Complications," by Susan McRae, detailing the difficulty foster children have in obtaining quality medical care.


  • 1st Place: The Orange County Register series, "Toxic Treats," reported by Jenifer B. McKim, Valeria Godines, William Heisel, Keith Sharon, and Hanh Quach, a six-part investigation which sheds light on a hidden health threat facing our children: lead contained in Mexican candy.
  • 2nd Place: The San Mateo County Times for series, "A Tiny Life Lost—The Short, Sad Life of Angelo" by Emily Fancher and Amy Yarbrough, detailing the tragic loss of an eight-month-old infant who was allegedly killed by his father while under the supervision of San Mateo County's child welfare system.
  • 3rd Place: The Oakland Tribune for its compilation of stories entitled "Chazarus Hill's Story & Follow Up" by Michele Marcucci, Harry Harris, Brenda Payton, and Douglas Fischer, detailing the death of a three-year-old child, allegedly at his father's hands, and the child protection agency that had been informed of potential abuse but refused to provide an immediate response.  


  • 1st Place: The Oakland Tribune (June 15-22, 2003) "Separate And Unequal" — Jill Tucker, Robert Gammon, Michelle Maitre (Reporters); Nick Lammers (Photographer): Part 1 (pdf) / Part 2 (pdf) / Part 3 (pdf) / Part 4 (pdf) / Part 5(pdf)
  • 2nd Place (tie): The Los Angeles Daily Journal (November 12, 2002) "Misty, Who Got No Breaks" (pdf) — Cheryl Romo (Reporter)
  • 2nd Place (tie): The Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 8, 2002) "A Child-Suicide in Foster Care" (pdf) — Cheryl Romo (Reporter)


  • 1st Place: Los Angeles Times (December 2, 2001) "Crashing Hard Into Adulthood" - Phil Willon (Reporter); Gail Fisher (Photographer)
  • 2nd Place (tie): The Oakland Tribune (July 29 - August 1, 2001) "Special education: The broken promise" - Jill Tucker, Kristin Bender, Suzanne Bohan, Lisa Friedman, and Josh Richman (Reporters); Sean Connelley (Photographer)
  • 2nd Place (tie): The Sacramento Bee (June 23 - 25, 2002) "Kids on Meds" - Dorsey Griffith (Reporter); Lezlie Sterling (Photographer)


  • 1st Place (tie): The Fresno Bee (February 18, 2001) "Hall of Shame" - Barbara Anderson, George Hostetter, and Lesli Maxwell (Reporters); Kurt Hegre (Photographer)
  • 1st Place (tie): Press-Telegram (March 11 - 18, 2001) "Homeless Kids, Invisible Victims" - Wendy Thomas Russell and Ralph De La Cruz (Reporters); Brittany M. Solo and Steven Georges (Photographers)
  • Honorary Award: Cheryl Romo of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, compilation of articles on the foster care system


  • 1st Place: Los Angeles Times (December 19, 31, 1999) "Vehicle Safety: The Hidden Dangers for Children" - Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Richard Simon (Reporters) Part 1 / Part 2
  • 2nd Place: The Sacramento Bee (October 31 - November 3, 1999) "Dead-End Dreams" - Darragh Johnson (Reporter) and Bryan Patrick (Photographer)



  • 1st Place: The Press-Enterprise (March 29 - April 1, 1998) "Gaps in the Safety Net - Dion Nissenbaum (Reporter) Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7 / Part 8 / Part 9 / Part 10
  • 2nd Place: Los Angeles Times (November 16 - 17, 1997) "Orphans of Addiction" - Sonia Nazario (Reporter) and Clarence Williams (Photographer)Part 1 /Part 2


  • 1st Place (tie): The Bakersfield Californian (May 4 - 6, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 1997) "Innocents Lost" - Lisa Friedman, Denise Zapata, Javier Erik Olvera, Bob Christie, Chris Harrison, and Leonel Martinez (Reporters); Ed Homich (Photographer)
  • 1st Place (tie): The Orange County Register (November 24 - 27, 1996) "Deadbeat Parents: Everybody's Burden" - Bonnie Weston, Ernie Slone, and Jim Mulvaney (Reporters); Mindy Schauer and Michael Goulding (Photographers)


  • 1st Place - Most Effective Presentation: San Francisco Examiner (January 7, February 4, April 14-16, May 8, 1996) "Caring for Kids" - Annie Nakao (Reporter) and Christina Koci Hernandez (Photographer)
  • 1st Place - Best Researched Article/Series: Los Angeles Times (July 9-12, 1995) "1 in 8: Who's to Blame for Teen Pregnancy" - Shari Roan (Reporter) and Iris Schneider (Photographer) Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7
  • Honorary Award: The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Solutions" series


  • 1st Place: Contra Costa Times (January 1995) "The Support Wars" - Catherine Hedgecock, Joan Morris, Virgil Meibert, Lee McCormack, Meri Simon, Karl Mondon, Susan Pollard, Bob Larson, and Dan Rosenstrauch (Assorted Contributors)
  • 2nd Place: San Bernardino County Sun (July 17-19, 1994) "Too Violent, Too Young" - Rebecca Fairley Raney (Reporter) and Mark Zaleski (Photographer)


  • 1st Place: San Francisco Examiner (April 24-28; May 8-9, 15, 29; June 5, 10, 1994) "Teaching Peace" - Scott Winokur, Carla Marinucci, and Gregory Lewis (Reporters); Mark Costantini, Katy Raddatz, and Craig Lee (Photographers)
  • 2nd Place: The San Diego Union-Tribune (March 6, 1994) "From Cradle to Grave" - Mark Sauer and John Wilkens (Reporters)


  • 1st Place: The Fresno Bee (December 13-15, 1992) "The Forgotten Farmworkers" - Alex Pulaski (Reporter) and John Walker (Photographer)
  • 2nd Place: San Bernardino County Sun (October 11, 1992) "Foster Care: The Broken Promise" - Theresa Walker, Ed Hayward, Patrick Olsen, Betts Griffone, and Alan Mittelstaedt (Assorted Contributors)