The February DFMie winners include three big breaking news stories:
- About 80 Los Angeles News Group staffers worked on the DFMie-winning coverage of the manhunt and eventual death of former police officer Christopher Dorner.
- Kraig Odden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press covered street flooding caused by a water main rupture late at night, as he was getting off work, winning the Midwest DFMie
- Paul Kirby of the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y., a two-time DFMie winner, won the Northeast DFMie for his coverage (video, photos and writing, all using an iPad) of a convenience store fire.
Other DFMie winners in February were:
- Aaron Bracamontes of the El Paso Times won the Texas/New Mexico DFMie for his heart-warming story on a gesture of kindness on the basketball court.
- Rebecca LeFever, Rick Lee and Mike Argento of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News won in the Pennsylvania/New Jersey/West Virginia cluster for a series about teen-agers sentenced to life in prison and now facing possible release.
- Aaron Falk and Christopher Kamrani of the Salt Lake Tribune won the Colorado/Utah DFMie for a project about the impact of Pacific Islanders on football in Utah.
- Janis Mara of the Marin Independent Journal won in the Northern California cluster for following the money when a local fire chief “retired.”
- Reporter Gary Peterson and photojournalist Jane Tyska won for the Bay Area News Group for their story about two families awaiting organ transplants.