Awards

 

Fort Worth SPJ

 

The Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Professional Chapter’s First Amendment Award

 

May 3, 2020

First Place

Category: Defending the Disadvantaged

 

April 19, 2019

First Place

Category: Defending the Disadvantaged

Judge’s comments:

“Bernd’s exhaustive interviews and reporting highlight an especially disadvantaged population seeking asylum in the U.S. under increasingly hostile policies. Her story breaks new ground in explaining what is happening at the border, detailing specific injustices, rather than re-explaining arguments that already are well-documented. Bernd’s work struck most closely to the idea of ‘defending the disadvantaged,’ telling an individual family’s story to illustrate the broader effects of U.S. immigration policies and procedures.”

 


 

 

The Native American Journalists Association’s National Native Media Award

 

October 15, 2020

First Place

Category: Print/Online, Best Feature Story

 

July 11, 2019

Second Place

Category: Print/Online, Best Feature Story

 


 

 

The San Francisco Press Club’s Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards

 

America’s Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

November 15, 2018

Second Place

Category: Magazine/Trade Publications, Investigative Reporting

Second Place

Category: Magazines/Trade Publications, Environment/Nature Report

 


 

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The Dallas Peace and Justice Center’s Media Award

 

Overall Body of Work

December 1, 2016

Category: Media

Judge’s comments:

“Disappointed with the lack of media coverage of issues of importance in her community, Candice chose to devote her journalistic expertise to independent media. She has consistently reported on events and issues that truly give a voice to the otherwise voiceless. Her courageous and objective reporting of grassroots activism, injustice, and other progressive topics the media tends to ignore, uplifts all while promoting pathways to peace and reconciliation. We honor Candice for her journalistic excellence and for her heartfelt, humanistic stories of real-life struggles of the people seeking justice and a better life in North Texas and the world.”

 


 

ORGANIZATIONAL AWARD FOR TRUTHOUT

 

The Park Center for Independent Media’s Izzy Award

 

Truthout’s “Despair and Disparity: The Uneven Burdens of COVID-19” series covering the political, economic, environmental and racial aspects of the pandemic.

April 2, 2021

Judge’s comments:

“Through the year of social distancing, Truthout proved that journalists need not be distant from the people hardest hit by the pandemic, including prisoners and ICE detainees. Its work during 2020 exposed social and racial injustices baked into COVID’s impacts and systemic flaws that worsened the pandemic. Inmate Lacino Hamilton wrote columns for Truthout about COVID in U.S. prisons, and thanks heavily to Truthout’s attention and public platform beginning in 2015, Hamilton won his freedom from the Michigan prison system in September after 26 years of wrongful incarceration for a crime he did not commit.”

I wrote the following stories for Truthout’s Izzy Award-winning series: