Announcement from Mike Semel, local editor, Monica Norton, deputy local editor, and Lynda Robinson, local enterprise editor: 

Please join us in congratulating John Woodrow Cox, whose much-recognized series on children and gun violence has won the top prize in the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.

The judges for the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting award called the stories “beautifully and compellingly written. John Cox shows how much damage is done to children who are affected by gun violence, even when they’re not injured.”

“Cox’s stories demonstrate the power of reporters to illuminate forgotten stories and to shine a light on the challenges of the vulnerable,” wrote another judge.

He received the award Thursday at the Education Writers Association conference in Los Angeles.