OEA honors Nebraska Examiner and others with awards

By: - May 8, 2023 6:33 pm

The Nebraska Examiner staff on its one-year anniversary in January. From left are Aaron Sanderford, Paul Hammel, Cindy Gonzalez and Cate Folsom. Not pictured: intern Zach Wendling. (Aaron Sanderford/Nebraska Examiner)

The Nebraska Examiner was named the recipient of the 2023 Media Award on Sunday by the Omaha Education Association.

“The presentation of this award is to honor an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to Omaha students and teachers through the use of the local media,” the organization stated.

The teacher making the nomination wrote, “The Nebraska Examiner was established to provide a hard-hitting, daily flow of important news, scoops and reports to help us better understand our community.  … The Examiner’s watchdog reporting explores whether Nebraskans’ tax dollars are being spent wisely. The Nebraska Examiner is independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan, dedicated to producing a vigorous news report about the Cornhusker State.”

The Examiner, which launched Jan. 25, 2022, is part of the nonprofit States Newsroom, a network of 34 online state news outlets.

Other awards presented during the annual OEA Laurels Awards event, held at Lauritzen Gardens:

Rookie of the Year: Pearlie Best, English teacher at Bryan High School.

Distinguished Educator: Daniel Nowak, Chandler View Elementary School.

John E. Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to education: One World Community Health Centers Inc.

Spirit of Collaboration Award: Shelley Burghardt, principal, Forest Station Elementary School.

Human Relations Award: The Learning Community of Douglas & Sarpy Counties.

OEA also recognized 53 educators who are retiring at the end of the school year, as well as 67 educators who are marking their 25th anniversary of teaching.


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Cate Folsom
Cate Folsom

Editor-in-Chief Cate Folsom has more than 40 years of experience in daily journalism, spending the bulk of that time at the Omaha World-Herald. She worked in various roles, including features writer, copy editor, Washington Bureau reporter, assistant city editor, investigative team editor, metro-regional editor and editorial page editor.