Advocate columnist James Gill was named a finalist Monday for a Scripps Howard Award, a national honor established 62 years ago by the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Gill was one of two finalists for the award and will be honored at a ceremony in May.
The foundation awards honors in 15 print, broadcast and online journalism categories. Gill’s nomination was for commentary, marking the second consecutive year he was named a finalist.
Gill joined The Advocate in 2013 after working for 28 years as a columnist at The Times-Picayune.
The winner for commentary was Stephen Henderson, of The Detroit Free Press, for coverage of that city’s crumbling schools and chronic crime.
Louisiana received two other honors in the competition:
In environmental reporting, Al Shaw and Brian Jacobs, from ProPublica, and Bob Marshall, from The Lens, were finalists for “Losing Ground,” a yearlong investigation into Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastline. ProPublica and The Lens, which is based in New Orleans, are nonprofit newsrooms.
Lee Zurik, Jon Turnipseed and Tom Wright, from WVUE-TV in New Orleans, and Manuel Torres, from NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune, were named as finalists for in-depth television coverage for “Louisiana Purchased,” an investigation into the state’s campaign finance system.