ProPublica’s Al Shaw, Jeff Larson, Sisi Wei, Lena Groeger, Cezary Podkul and Ken Schwencke have been named finalists in this year’s Livingston Awards, which honor outstanding achievement by journalists under the age of 35.
Shaw and Larson were named finalists in the local category for their collaboration with The Texas Tribune, “Hell and High Water.” Texas Tribune reporters Neena Satija, Kiah Collier and Ryan Murphy were also recognized as Livingston finalists for the immersive project, which explored the vulnerability of the Houston area to a large, devastating hurricane. The investigation showed how researchers have warned for year that a hurricane could cripple the region, yet leaders have taken almost no action to prevent a disaster.
Wei, Groeger, Podkul and Schwencke were also named finalists in the local category for the news application, “Tracking Evictions and Rent Stabilization in NYC.” One component of a series on how New York City officials have dismantled legal protections for tenants, giving landlords an incentive to hike rents and evict lower-income tenants, the app lets users input their address to see their building’s recent eviction cases, and learn if their apartment may be rent stabilized.
Winners will be announced in June. See a list of all the finalists here.