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Truth in Finances Award

Honoring excellence and balanced reporting that clarifies misinterpretations of financial issues that affect individuals or the community at large, uncovers financial fraud, or reports on fraudulent activities that harm the financial well-being of individuals, communities, or companies in or around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  


Congratulations to the 2019 Winners

PICPA judges reviewed several great entries this year, and the entries below were selected as the 2019 winners. The award recipients were recognized at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) "Newspaper of the Year" brunch during its annual convention on Oct. 25 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.


Series -- Small Newspaper (Circulation of less than 49,000)

Mary Niederberger - PublicSource

"Failing the Future" (Part 1, Part 2)


Series -- Large Newspaper (Circulation of 49,000 or more)

Paula Knudsen and Carter Walker - LNP

Lancaster County DA's Spending of Government Funds (Part 1, Part 2)


Stand-Alone -- Large Newspaper (Circulation of 49,000 or more)

Erin Arvedlund and Caitlin McCabe - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Rotting from Within: How water intrusion in new homes turns American dreams to rot"


Stand-Alone -- Small Newspaper (Circulation of less than 49,000)

Mark Kramer - PublicSource

"Owner of trouble Valmar Gardens apartments has record of problem properties, unpaid taxes and 'shell games'"


Stand-Alone -- Radio or TV

Jackie De Tore - FOX43

"FOX43 Finds Out: Auto Insurance Loophole" 

Series -- Radio or TV

Anthony Durso and Dennis Owens - ABC 27

"The Price of Milk"


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About the Award

Certified public accountants (CPAs) and reporters share a responsibility to protect the public interest.

The Forensic and Litigation Services Committee of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) initiated this award to support balanced reporting of financial issues that are relevant and useful to the community at large. The award recognizes reporters whose skills identify, clarify, or expose the fiscal accountability of individuals, companies, or governmental agencies.


Eligibility for the Award

Newspaper reporters, editors, and publishers as well as TV and radio reporters who present stories occurring in and around Pennsylvania that educate and/or protect consumers’ well-being and the fiscal health of the communities are eligible for PICPA's Truth in Finances Award.

Materials must have been published between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Entries should relate to reporting work that uncovered the financial issues that were a detriment to a business, community, or individual.

Entry Categories

This award recognizes journalists’ diligent investigative skills, research, and writing, abilities. There are six categories:

  • Series submission: Newspapers with circulation of less than 49,000
  • Series submission: Newspapers with circulation of 49,000 or more
  • Series submission: Radio or TV
  • Stand-alone submission: Newspapers with circulation of less than 49,000
  • Stand-alone submission: Newspapers with circulation of 49,000 or more
  • Stand-alone submission: Radio or TV

Series submissions: Two pieces of a larger group of reports, unified by a common subject or theme, are submitted to represent the series and will be judged together. 

Stand-alone submissions: Each report will be judged individually.

Judging and Prize

The PICPA Truth in Finances Award selection committee is composed of CPAs, journalism professors, and  media representatives. The committee chooses the winning entry for each category based on the following:

  • Investigative skills
  • Level of research
  • Creativity and effectiveness in presentation
  • Reach and impact on community
Awards of $500 will be presented in those categories that receive qualified entries. Award winners were recognized at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's 2019 Annual Convention Newspaper of the Year Brunch on Oct. 25, 2019, at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.