Best Journalist

Erika Fredrickson, Missoula Independent

The current state of journalism can be a morbid topic, what with the layoffs and the cheap click bait and the constant handwringing over what newspapers will look like in five (or less) years. But within all the anxiety and negativity a few hard-nosed veterans continue to plug away at stories that matter. They’re not afraid of messy topics, complicated subjects and unconventional narratives. They connect with and cultivate sources. They earn trust. And despite all the noise happening around the industry they continue to do what they do best: write a damn good story. Erika Fredrickson does these things week in and week out for the Independent, filling our paper’s arts section and feature slot with the sort of moving profiles and meaty topics that make people think, reflect and care. We’re lucky to have her in our pages, and grateful that our readers recognize what she brings to the community with her work. Erika Fredrickson, Missoula Independent

Finalists, Best Journalist

2. Gwen Florio

3. Dan Brooks

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