2011 Gavel Award Winners

2011 Gavel Award Winners


Silver Gavel
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices

Twelve/Hachette Book Group
New York, New York
Noah Feldman, Author

Author Noah Feldman offers a group biography of Franklin Roosevelt’s four great Supreme Court Justices: Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, and Robert Jackson.

Honorable Mention
The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr

Ken Gormley, Author
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Crown Publishers

Presents a historical narrative and analysis of the events leading up to the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.


Silver Gavel
A Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear

The Documentary Group
New York, New York
Robe Imbriano, Producer, Writer, Director

A 22-minute documentary that tells the contemporary story of Lilly Ledbetter, who took her fight for fair pay through the U.S. court system and the halls of Congress.


Silver Gavel
Profiting from Fallen Soldiers

Bloomberg Markets
New York, New York
David Evans, Senior Writer




Investigates how life insurance companies have profited from death benefits owed to families of service members and other government employees, examining causes and consequences.


Silver Gavel
Hounded: Debtors and the New Breed of Collectors

Star Tribune
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Chris Serres, Business Reporter
Glenn Howatt, CAR Reporter

A six-part series that explores recent changes in the debt collection industry, reveals how people with unpaid bills are being jailed, and examines consumer protection and regulation.

Honorable Mention

Detention Dilemma
New York, New York
Dafna Linzer, Senior Reporter
Chisun Lee, Reporter
Krista Kjellman Schmidt, Deputy Editor of News Applications

A series of 14 articles about detention policies at Guantanamo under the Obama Administration, which also considers the role of the federal courts and Congress.  


Silver Gavel
Bonding for Profit

National Public Radio
Washington, DC
Laura Sullivan, Correspondent
Steven Drummond, Editor

A three-part investigation into the bail bond process in the U.S. criminal justice system.


Silver Gavel
The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today

Jay Rosenstein Productions
Champaign, Illinois
Jay Rosenstein, Producer, Writer, Director, Photographer
Jude Leak, Editor
Wendy Blackstone, Composer
David Ogden Stiers, Narrator

A one-hour PBS film that tells the compelling personal story that led to a landmark 1948 U.S. Supreme Court decision on the separation of church and state in public schools, McCollum v. Board of Education.