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Wade H. McCree Awards for the Advancement of Justice

The McCree Awards recognize Michigan broadcast and print media journalists who foster greater public understanding of the inherent values of our legal and judicial system through their published materials.

To be eligible, written materials and radio/television broadcasts must be published/aired between January 1 and December 31 of the given calendar year. They must inform and educate citizens about the role of the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies, and the legal profession in society. They should also disclose practices in need of improvement and encourage legal and legislative efforts to update and modernize our laws, courts, and law enforcement agencies.

Print entries may consist of feature or news articles, interpretive analyses, editorials, or combinations of these. In the broadcast category, documentaries, educational or editorial programs may be submitted. Any newspaper, internet or wire service, news syndicate, magazine, radio station, legal publication, or network in Michigan or any of its employees are eligible to enter. There is no charge for entering. The awards will be presented in April in conjunction with the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in East Lansing.

Entry Form PDF

Still have questions? Contact SBM Communications Manager Samantha Meinke at

Previous Winners

Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Alvarez and Sarah Hulett —Michigan Radio
Nathan Bomey, John Gallagher and Mark Stryker —Detroit Free Press
Sandra Svoboda, Courtney Hurtt and Joan Isabella—WDET
Brad Devereaux —MLive Media Group
Honorable Mention: Mike Martindale—Detroit News


Ross Jones, Randy Lundquist, Ann Mullen, Ramon Rosario, and Johnny Sartiny —WXYZ-TV
Jim Schaefer —Detroit Free Press
John Barnes, Fritz Klug, Scott Levin, John Agar and Gus Burns—MLive Media Group


L.L. Brasier and Gina Damron—Detroit Free Press
Mike Martindale —Detroit News
Ross Jones, Ann Mullen, Johnny Sartin, Randy Lundquist, Newton Glasby —WXYZ-TV
Honorable Mention: Jeff Gerritt—Detroit Free Press
Honorable Mention: John Barnes, Heather Peters, John Agar, Gary Ridley, Brad Devereaux, Rex Hall Jr., Jonathan Oosting, Tim Martin—MLive Media Group
Honorable Mention: John Barnes, Jonathan Oosting, Tim Martin, Dave Eggert, Brandon Howell—MLive Media Group
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Dixon, Jim Schaefer, Kristi Tanner, Martha Thierry, Romain Blanquart, Mandi Wright—Detroit Free Press


Heather Catallo, Ross Jones, and Randy Lundquist—WXYZ-TV
Lester Graham—Michigan Radio
Bill Proctor, Randy Lundquist, Ramon Rosario, Johnny Sartin—WXYZ-TV
L.L. Brasier and John Wisely—Detroit Free Press
John Barnes and Team: Barton Deiters, Khalil AlHajal, Danielle Salisbury, Rex Hall, John Hausman, Andy Hoag, Jonathan Oosting, Michael Wayland, Angela Wittrock, Brandon Howell—MLive Media Group
Curt Guyette—Detroit Metro Times


Jim Schaefer, Kristi Tanner-White, and Eric Seals—Detroit Free Press
Andy Hoag—Saginaw News
Jennifer Dixon and Jim Schaefer—Detroit Free Press
Curt Guyette—Detroit Metro Times
Mike Martindale and Mike Wilkinson—Detroit News
Jessica Harthorn—WEIY NBC 25


Jennifer Dixon and Tina Lam—Detroit Free Press
Cody Hinze, Ryan Loew, Louise Knott Ahern, and Jamie Urrea—Lansing State Journal
M.L. Elrick, Naomi R. Patton, Jim Schaefer, Rochelle Riley, and Gina Damron—Detroit Free Press
Angie Hendershot and Christopher Carr—WJRT TV-12
Honorable mention: Craig McMorris—WNEM TV-5

2009 M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer—Detroit Free Press
Charlie Cain and Gary Heinlein—Detroit News
Sandra Svoboda—Metro Times
Honorable mention: Brian Dickerson (Detroit Free Press); George Hunter (Detroit News); and Brian McGillivary, Bill O'Brien, and Mike Tyree (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
2008 Kathy Jessup, Chris Killian, and Rebecca Pierce—Kalamazoo Gazette
Jim Schaefer, Joe Swickart, L.L. Brasier, Brian Dickerson, Suzette Hackney, and John Wisely—Detroit Free Press
Honorable mention: Shantell M. Kirkendoll (Flint Journal) and Sandra Svoboda (Metro Times)
2007 Jeff Gerritt—Detroit Free Press
Curt Guyette—Metro Times
Matt Phillips and Charlie Langton—Sterling Heights Television and the Macomb County Bar Association
Honorable mention: Todd Berg (Michigan Lawyers Weekly); Ronald J. Hansen (Detroit News); and Judy Putnam (Booth Newspapers)
2006 Norman Sinclair, Ronald J. Hansen, and Melvin Claxton—Detroit News
Matt Phillips and Charlie Langton—Sterling Heights Television and the Macomb County Bar Association
Honorable mention: Jason Alley (Southgate News Herald); David Ashenfelter (Detroit Free Press); Ken Kolker (Grand Rapids Press); and Rosemary Parker, Ed Finnert, Barbara Walters, and Bill Krasean (Kalamazoo Gazette)
2005 David Shepardson, Norman Sinclair, and Ronald J. Hansen—Detroit News
Mark Albert—WWMT-TV Kalamazoo
2004 Gregg Krupa, Francis X. Donnelly, and John Bebow—Detroit News
Matt Phillips, Charlie Langton, and Rick Troy—Sterling Heights Television and the Macomb County Bar Association
Honorable mention: Nolan Finley, George Bullard, and Shikha Dalmia (Detroit News); M.L. Elrick, Jim Schaefer, and Ben Schmitt (Detroit Free Press); Stephen W. Huber (Oakland Press); and Darryl Q. Tucker (Saginaw News)
2003 Jack Kresnak, David Zeman, and Ben Schmitt—Detroit Free Press
William H. Dance—Detroit Legal News
2002 David Ashenfelter, Tamara Audi, Suzette Hackney, Jim Schaefer, Joe Swickard, David Zeman, and Alison Young—Detroit Free Press
Scott MacFarlane—WKBD/WWJ-TV Detroit
2001 David Ashenfelter, Suzette Hackney, and Joe Swickard—Detroit Free Press
Ken Kolker and Gary Schroder—Grand Rapids Press
C. Jesse Green—Michigan Lawyers Weekly
2000 David Ashenfelter—Detroit Free Press
Wayne Woolley and George Hunter—Detroit News
Bob Allen and Michelle Corum—Interlochen Public Radio
1999 Scott E. Aiken—St. Joseph Herald-Palladium
Scott Davis—Jackson Citizen Patriot
Ken Kolker—Grand Rapids Press


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