Stephen Berry (journalist)

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Stephen J. Berry (born 1948) is an investigative journalist. In 1993 while working for The Orlando Sentinel, he and Jeff Brazil won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a report in The Orlando Sentinel exposing a sheriff department drug squad's unlawful seizure of millions of dollars from motorists, mostly minorities.[1][2] He is now an associate professor at The University of Iowa's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.[3] Berry is also the author of a book about investigative journalism entitled Watchdog Journalism: The Art of Investigative Reporting.[3]


Berry obtained his BA in political science from the University of Montevallo. In 1984, he received his MA in American History from the University of Northern Carolina Greensboro.[1]


Berry is co-founder and interim executive director of The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Before becoming a professor, Berry was a journalist for thirty-three years. He finished up his career as a journalist working for the Los Angeles Times. His works mainly focused on race relations, the criminal justice system, police abuse of power, medical malpractice, stock-car racingm guns, government, and illegal drugs.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Berry has won a number of awards for his investigative and daily reporting which include:

  • Associated Press Newspaper Executive Council Award for public service
  • National Benjamin Fine and the N.C. School Bell awards for education reporting
  • Los Angeles Times’ Top of the Times Award
  • National Headliners Award finalist for public service
  • Society of Professional Journalists Award
  • Champion of Justice Journalism Award by National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Florida Sports Writers Association award for Investigative Reporting[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Stephen Berry". CLAS. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "The 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Investigative Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Berry". The University of Iowa. Retrieved 2008-08-24.