We were sad to see our award-winning comrade Matthew Frank depart the Indy this winter. For the past few months, Matt’s been heading up a pilot news project at UM’s School of Journalism, putting years of solid investigative tact to good use delivering stories on environmental science to rural communities statewide. Science Source took Matt hundreds of miles east to Fort Peck, where he pieced together how a growing Bakken oil boom is impacting the reservation. But no journalist ever really leaves the newsroom. That’s probably why Matt still pops in now and then to keep abreast of the latest scoops and maintain a freelance byline. We may not see him bouncing on that posture ball anymore, but we’re as proud of him as the community clearly is.
Finalists, Best Journalist
3. Jamie Rogers