NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sisak, a multi-format journalist for The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been hired by The Associated Press as a general news reporter in New York City. Read the story
A series exposing the deadly working conditions correctional officers face in federal prisons, particularly the United States Penitentiary at Canaan in Pennsylvania, where an inmate ambushed and murdered an officer on Feb. 25, 2013. Soon after the killing, The Citizens’ Voice set out to examine the dangers federal correctional officers face; the staffing, budget cuts and administrative resistance that have increased the risk of violence; and the remedies being implemented to prevent another death.
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Mike led The Citizens’ Voice’s coverage of the child-sex abuse scandal involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, filing stories for online and print and discussing the case on radio and television. Mike broke several stories while in in State College for two weeks after prosecutors charged Sandusky, including a report on medical treatments for former head coach Joe Paterno that led to the disclosure he had lung cancer.
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PDF: Trial coverage | TV/Video | Reporting for “Here and Now,” WBUR/NPR
Exclusive: Discovering Joe Paterno’s will is sealed from public view
SEPTEMBER 2011 | The Susquehanna River surged to a record crest of 42.66 feet in Wilkes-Barre, inflicting unprecedented stress on the Luzerne County levee system and devastating flooding on communities not guarded by the floodwalls.
Mallary Jean Tenore of Poynter.org featured my May 3 front page in an story on the bold techniques newspaper editors/designers used in covering the killing of Osama bin Laden.
She writes: The Citizens’ Voice’s Tuesday front page combines the use of red, a bold headline and a bin Laden image in a way that differentiated it from many other front pages. It’s one of the few papers that used so much text to illustrate the news.
Read more, including the story of my colleague Tamara Dunn’s exemplary work on deadline to get news of bin Laden’s death into the first-day newspaper, at Poynter.org.
Read more about our coverage on Charles Apple’s news design blog: