A Times investigation on children's issues has won the 2013 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism from a Maryland-based journalism center.
This is the second national award bestowed on former Times reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski's Children in Peril series, which examined the fragmented or nonexistent system through which mentally ill Hoosier children and their parents seek services.
The U.S. Journalism Center on Children and Families announced the award Friday. Kwiatkowski, who recently began a reporting position at the Indianapolis Star, has been invited to a September awards ceremony to claim the medal and a $1,000 cash prize. The center is based at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Earlier this month, Kwiatkowski also was presented with the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi public service award at the National Press Club.
The Children in Peril series investigated the lack of appropriate services for Indiana children with mental health issues and developmental disabilities. Following the series, Indiana officials vowed to correct the problem with up to $25 million per year in programs.