The staff of The Charlotte Observer was honored with a McClatchy President's Award for its extraordinary breakng news reporting on a police shooting that sparked days and nights of protests in Charlotte.
The McClatchy President's Awards, now in their 17th year, recognize the best work of 2016 by the company's 30 newsrooms, with particular emphasis on digital accomplishments, innovation and exemplary reporting, writing, photography and videography.
"The President's Awards confirm what I see every day: That across the country, McClatchy journalists are producing compelling and essential work that makes our communities better," said Craig Forman, McClatchy's president and CEO. "It's never an easy time to be a journalist -- these days especially -- but the reporting honored by these awards is an excellent reminder that our work is more important than ever before."
Judging this year's competition were Richard Just, former editor of Newsweek, The New Republic and National Journal and soon-to-be editor of The Washington Post's Sunday magazine; Kristin Roberts, executive editor of McClatchy Washington and a veteran of Politico, National Journal and Reuters; and Tim Grieve, McClatchy's vice president for news.