SPJ SUNSHINE STATE AWARDS, 2015
• 1st place, Beat Reporting (Community) - Wellington coverage
MICHIGAN PRESS ASSOCIATION
2013 Better Newspaper Contest
• 1st place, Spot News Story - "Monumental Decision"
• 1st place, Most Innovative Story Telling - right-to-work protests (staff)
• 2nd place, Spot News Story - "Labor legacy takes a hit"
MICHIGAN ASSOCIATED PRESS MEDIA EDITORS, 2012
• 1st place, Best Sustained Coverage of a Single News Event - right-to-work protests (staff)
MINNESOTA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
2012 Better Newspaper Contest
• 3rd place, Category X (Excellence in Use of Public Records) (All Dailies) - Political Campaign Donations Series
• 3rd place, Government/Public Affairs Reporting (All Dailies) - "Big oil helps fill up N.D. GOP coffers"
Judges wrote: "Corporations give money to politicians. Politicians say it does not buy influence. Good journalists
such as Kristen M. Daum have every reason to be skeptical. When nearly $500,000 from North Dakota’s oil
industry goes to a single candidate it’s fair to ask who will have the politician’s ear. Daum does an excellent job in
this roundup of candidates that lets readers decide if a half-million dollars buys access."
2011 Better Newspaper Contest
• 1st place, Category X (Reporting on Issues of Diversity) (All Dailies) - "Cultures in Conflict"
2010 New Journalist of the Year
Judges wrote: “Kristen Daum is a thorough reporter and fine writer. The profile of the governor was well
researched, well written and insightful. The story on the U.S. Senator and his dog was an enjoyable read on an
unexpected topic especially in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. The look at how a political party is rebuilding itself
also showed insight. Digging into the financial donations of a nominee for U.S. Attorney also proved enlightening.
It’s a fine body of work and rose to the top.”
NORTH DAKOTA NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION
2011 Better Newspaper Contest
• 1st place, Business Reporting - "On the verge"
• 2nd place, Government Reporting Series - "Diversion Discussion"
• 2nd place, Feature Reporting Series" - "Cultures in Conflict"
2010 Better Newspaper Contest
• 1st place, Government Series Reporting - "Overtime under review" (staff project - quadruple byline)
• 2nd place, Spot News - "Dorgan won't run"
• 2nd place, Government Reporting - "National park drilling ongoing"
• 2nd place, Agricultural Coverage - "Pomeroy, Berg discuss farm bill"
• Honorable Mention, Business News Coverage - "Businesses in WF look to bounce back in 2010"
2009 Better Newspaper Contest
• Rookie Reporter of the Year
• 1st place, News Reporting - "Grandfather Arrested; Child custody motive for murder?" (triple byline)
SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
• Participant, 2010 Print Reporters Institute
• National finalist, Online Feature Reporting - 2008 National Mark of Excellence
1st place, Online Feature Reporting - 2008 Region 4 Mark of Excellence
• 2nd place, In-Depth Reporting - 2007 Region 4 Mark of Excellence
• 2nd place, Feature Writing - 2006 Region 4 Mark of Excellence