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Stephen Berry (journalist)

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Stephen J. Berry (born 1948) is an American investigative journalist. In 1993, while working for The Orlando Sentinel, he and Jeff Brazil won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a report exposing a sheriff department drug squad's unlawful seizure of millions of dollars from motorists, mostly minorities.[1][2] He is now an associate professor at The University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.[3] Berry is the author of a book about investigative journalism entitled Watchdog Journalism: The Art of Investigative Reporting.[3]


Berry obtained his BA in political science from the University of Montevallo. In 1984, he received his MA in American history from the University of Northern Carolina Greensboro.[1]


Berry is co-founder and interim executive director of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Before becoming a professor, he had been a journalist for 33 years, finishing his career as a journalist working for the Los Angeles Times. His works mainly focused on race relations, the criminal justice system, police abuse of power, medical malpractice, stock-car racingm guns, government and illegal drugs.[1]

Awards and honors

Berry has won a number of awards for his investigative and daily reporting which include:

  • Associated Press Newspaper Executive Council Award for public service
  • National Benjamin Fine and the N.C. School Bell awards for education reporting
  • Los Angeles Times’ Top of the Times Award
  • National Headliners Award finalist for public service
  • Society of Professional Journalists Award
  • Champion of Justice Journalism Award by National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1993)[4]
  • Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting(1993)[5]
  • Florida Sports Writers Association award for Investigative Reporting[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Stephen Berry". CLAS. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  2. ^ "The 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Investigative Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Berry". The University of Iowa. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  4. ^ "NACDL - Champion of Justice Awards". NACDL - National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Retrieved 2020-09-12.
  5. ^ Staff, Craig Dezern of The Sentinel. "2 REPORTERS WIN SENTINEL'S 2ND PULITZER". Retrieved 2020-09-12.

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