The Frontier took four first-place honors at the 2023 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists awards.
Frontier Staff Writer Kayla Branch won first place for Outstanding Magazine Story for her reporting on Oklahoma City’s lack of options for people experiencing homelessness after being discharged from a hospital. The story was reported in collaboration with Curbside Chronicle.
“Strong reporting, clear writing, and a compelling narrative all work hand-in-hand to usher this important subject into the light. Excellent work,” the judges said.
Branch was also awarded first-place in the General News and Spot News categories for her reporting examining Oklahoma’s shortage of home health care workers to serve people with disabilities.
The Frontier also won first place for Outstanding Investigative Report for its work in collaboration with Oklahoma Watch examining then-Oklahoma Secretary of Education Ryan Walter’s leadership of a nonprofit that keeps its donors secret and how the state bungled a pandemic relief program for school children under his watch. Oklahoma Watch Staff Writer Jennifer Palmer, Frontier Staff Writer Clifton Adcock and former Frontier Staff Writer Reese Gorman all contributed reporting to the project.
”Solid investigative work. Good read. Ticks all the boxes.” the judges said.