On March 28 during the morning plenary session, reporter Anne Danahy accepted the 2010 NLIHC Media Award on behalf of herself and her colleagues for their work on the series Priced Out: High Rents Drive Housing Crisis for the Centre Daily Times of State College, PA.
The four-day series was inspired by conversations with staff from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, an NLIHC state partner, and other organizations that made clear that the lack of housing affordable to low income Centre County residents was both a significant problem, and a reality hidden to the average resident of the region.
The reporters honored by the NLIHC left their regular beats to cover the critical shortage of rental housing affordable to low income residents of Centre County. What they found was striking: in a small community dominated by a large university, students drive up the price of housing while the low wages available to many in the local workforce put available housing out of reach.
The award was presented by columnist Michelle Singletary and NLIHC Board Chair George Moses.
How well and how often the media reports on the housing problems of low income people is crucial to educating the public. NLIHC believes it is important to recognize journalists who do a particularly good job of telling this story. Not only do we want to thank them for their work, but we want to inspire other journalists to do the same. The 2010 National Low Income Housing Coalition Media Award goes to a group of journalists who exemplify outstanding reporting on the affordable housing shortage.