Brian Rosenthal


Recipient of the Star Reporter of the Year award in The Charles E. Green Awards (2015)

Brian Rosenthal
Houston Chronicle


Judge’s Comments:

Brian Rosenthal’s work at the Houston Chronicle reflects a wide range of reporting – from a devastating flood to misuse of taxpayer money. Regardless of the topic, he reports with authority and writes with clarity and power.  His story about a Central Texas town devastated by a flood is an example of narrative story telling at its best – complete with a heavy dose of suspense.  His stories on how taxpayer money is spent – or misspent – are examples of watchdog reporting at its finest.  Perhaps most unusual, his reporting is laced with restraint. You get the sense that he knows even more than what he’s telling you but you also have learned everything you need to know.

Kristin Gilger
Associate Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

Kristin Gilger is Associate Dean in charge of professional programs at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  She also serves as director of the National Center on Disability and Journalism and director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which provides training to business journalists around the country. Prior to coming to ASU, she spent 20 years in various reporting and editing roles at newspapers across the country. She was Deputy Managing Editor for news at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, managing editor of the Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal, and served in several editing roles at The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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