Contest Entry: Society of Professional Journalists Best Continuing Coverage
Ideastream Public Media Health reporters Anna Huntsman and Lisa Ryan covered the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio and Northeast Ohio with stories that showed the highs and lows of the crisis in 2021. As the year began, there was great hope and optimism as the vaccines started to roll out across the country, but this did not bring an end to the pandemic. The health team continued to answer questions submitted from the public with a special COVID-19 Q&A series and shared how health officials were struggling to vaccinate hard-to-reach populations. The year ended with a new surge of cases and unvaccinated people filling hospital ICUs. Anna Huntsman had a chance to visit the Cleveland Clinic ICU and shared in heartbreaking detail what she saw.
This sample reel of their coverage in 2021 begins with an appearance on Ideastream Public Media's Sound of Ideas program hosted by Rick Jackson.