Wesley Lowery, Steven Rich, Ted Mellnik and former Post reporter Kimbriell Kelly won the national special project category for Murder With Impunity, the exploration of more than 52,000 homicides in major American cities over the past decade. The project showed where murder is common but arrests are rare, using mapping, interactivity and video, and revealed block by block where police failed to catch killers.
The NABJ honor for investigative coverage in a magazine went to Cheryl Thompson for her look back at the case of the unsolved murders of six black girls in the District in the early 70s, which still haunts retired D.C. police detective Romaine Jenkins. The homicides, known as the “Freeway Phantom Murders,” galvanized Washington and are believed to be the District’s first serial killings. The crimes long ago faded into history, but Jenkins’ obsession lives on.