The Society of Professional Journalists honored Miranda Spivack’s series “State Secrets” with the Sunshine Award. The Arnold grant of the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism provided $15,000 to make possible the fiscal story in the series.
The series was published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting in November 2016. It explored how state and local governments protect private companies with contracts by making it hard for citizens and the press to get information that should be publicly available.
Spivack, a former editor and reporter for The Washington Post, also revealed how privatization of public information has led to delays and costly expenses to uncover data which should be affordable and easy to access.
The five-part series ran on CIR’s website, revealnews.org, in the Journal Sentinel and on the front page of the national edition of USA Today.