Bridge Capitol reporter Riley Beggin named Young Journalist of the Year

Bridge Capitol reporter Riley Beggin has been named Young Journalist of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bridge Magazine capitol reporter Riley Beggin has been named co-recipient of the Young Journalist of the Year award by the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The award, given to the top journalist in Southeast Michigan under the age of 30, was announced Thursday by the media organization and honors Beggin’s body of work for Bridge in 2019. Violet Ikonomova of the publication Deadline Detroit shared the honor with Beggin.

Rob Snell of the Detroit News was named the organization’s Journalist of the Year for “Driven by Greed,” his detailed coverage of the UAW corruption scandal. 

In just her second year as a full-time professional journalist, Beggin helped anchor Bridge coverage of Michigan’s Legislature, the Supreme Court and the state’s new governor in Lansing. She wrote extensively on Michigan’s efforts to create an independent commission to end gerrymandering in the state and on the state’s nascent recreational marijuana industry. Beggin co-authored an investigative environmental project on the harmful impact of PFAS chemicals.

Judges of the contest said of Beggin that “her versatility puts her at the top of a lot of very strong candidates.”

Work that garnered Beggin the award included:

  • Poisoned Michigan,” an in-depth examination of Michigan’s handling of the PFAS environmental crisis and a similar disaster in the 1970s. Beggin co-authored the project with Jim Malewitz, and this article in the series written by Beggin was included in the contest entry.
  • A profile of Michigan Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.
  • A story revealing that Michigan prisoners were being denied access to books on technology that could help them find employment upon release.

Beggin joined Bridge in January 2018 after working at KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR member station. Before that, she was a fellow at ABC News’ Washington Bureau and an intern with NPR’s investigative unit. 

Beggin majored in history and international relations at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She holds a master’s degree in investigative journalism from the University of Missouri. 

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trisha spaulding
Fri, 04/17/2020 - 10:18am

Congratulations to Ms Beggin and to Bridge! Reporters like her and publications like Bridge offer our best hope for the future!

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:57am

She does a good job for you and was a great find. Does well on “Off the Record” too. Congratulations to her!

Walt Sorg
Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:29pm

Well deserved. Congrats to one of our favorite guest experts on the Michigan Policast!

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 1:59pm

Congratulations Riley. It's a tough time to be a journalist but it's still one of the noblest professions.

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 2:35pm

A degree in journalism. Sigh.....Sorry but journalism has long been dead.