The Feddie Reporting Award

In 2010, the National Press Foundation established this award to recognize outstanding reporting about the impact of federal laws and regulations on local communities. It is open to any U.S.-based journalist whose work represents the highest standards of journalism. The award comes with a cash prize of $5,000, which will be given at the NPF Annual Awards Dinner.

The Houston Chronicle received the National Press Foundation’s 2016 Feddie Reporting Award.

The winning entry was an ambitious investigative project about chemical plant regulation, or lack thereof, titled “Chemical Breakdown.”

The NPF judges said: “The Houston Chronicle investigation broke new ground about the dangers of chemical plants and storage facilities and packaged it in a way that showed this to be a significant problem. The Chronicle reported that federal agencies are under-funded and under-resourced, and the federal void leaves oversight to a patchwork of often inadequate state and local regulators. The Chronicle also created an interactive tool that allows readers to look up chemical facilities that exist in their own backyards.”