Former J-school student, Brett Murphy, wins the The Headliners Award, Sidney Award and Gannett’s Public Service Award for his USA TODAY series “Rigged,” which exposed the ongoing exploitation of California port truck drivers. Murphy first began working on the series while researching the longshoremen strike in late 2015 for his masters thesis. Murphy names the advisors who helped shaped the idea into a story as Lowell Bergman, IRP Founder, and Koci Hernandez. Along with them, former IRP staffers Tim McGirk and Abbie VanSickle provided hands-on editing to help craft early drafts that later became the pitch to USA TODAY.
“The folks at North Gate and the IRP were instrumental in helping develop the idea. Without their early instruction, mentoring and editing, I wouldn’t have found and told this story” – Brett Murphy