"Reckdahl's series of strong reports show that the juvenile justice system in Louisiana needs more accountability for how it treats young offenders," wrote the judges in their commendation. "Her indefatigable reporting is the series' strength."
Previously, Reckdahl's writing on the topic of juvenile justice earned her top honors from the national Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Press Club of New Orleans. She also received the Media Award for 2001 from the Mental Health Association in Metropolitan New Orleans.
The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families (www.casey.umd.edu) is a program of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Reckdahl and other Casey Medal winners will be honored at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1.
Reckdahl's Gambit Weekly articles are available in their entirety at www.bestofneworleans.com/dispatch/authors/katyreckdahl.html.