Tampa Bay Times reporter Alexandra Zayas, who earlier this year won the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, has been given another award for her work.
The Journalism Center on Children & Families announced Friday that she has won a 2013 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, along with photographer Kathleen Flynn and editor Chris Davis.
They won for "In God's Name," a series a year in the making that uncovered abuse at unlicensed religious children's homes in Florida. The winners will receive prizes of $1,000 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., this fall.
"The judges called this series a piece of reporting wizardry which gave voice to survivors of trauma," the center's news release about the award said. "They said it should be a call to action to never turn our backs."
The series was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize this year. Another Pulitzer finalist from the Times, "Never Let Go" by Kelley Benham, was a runner-up in the Casey Medal competition.