Several Michigan Capitol Confidential reporters won awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at its annual “Excellence in Journalism” dinner Wednesday night.

Jarrett Skorup won second place in the “Consumer/Watchdog” category for his stories on corporate welfare, asset forfeiture laws and government waste, while Jack Spencer took third place in the same category for his coverage of legislators attempting to define the term “journalist.”

Tom Gantert took third place in “Feature Reporting” for his coverage of unions. Judges’ comments on Gantert’s work called it “Strong, persistent reporting. Great series of stories on an issue that the reporter makes clear deserves the spotlight. Tough, dogged work.”

Anne Schieber received honorable mention in the “General News Reporting” category for her series on townships threatening to raise people’s taxes if they were not allowed into certain homes. Judges said the story was “Well-told in both print and video.”

The full list of award winners is available here.

Michigan Capitol Confidential staff last year won two awards from the Michigan Press Association.

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