Michael Alan Goldberg of The Reporter in Lansdale, Pa., won the 2014 Feature/Lifestyle/Entertainment DFMie for his stories about a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
His editor’s nomination explains:
Michael spent months chronicling the efforts of our area shelter — Laurel House — to combat domestic violence in our community. Speaking to shelter staff and volunteers and law enforcement officials, he gave in-depth accounts of the work that goes into helping people get out of dangerous situations. He also interviewed survivors of domestic violence, sharing stories of eventual triumph and shedding light on why some people can struggle with leaving abusive relationships. We received notes from readers who said they could relate to these stories, and the shelter thanked us for giving victims a voice.
Michael Alan Goldberg is the winner of this category for his richly reported and sensitively written coverage of a women’s shelter in Montgomery County, Pa. In exacting detail, Goldberg shed a light on a critically important issue that for too long has lived in the shadows — physical and emotional abuse of women by their spouses and boyfriends. In several instances in three of the articles submitted for consideration, Goldberg helped to bring abuse survivors, and those that aid them, to life, so that the readers of The Reporter might better understand this devastating problem. Goldberg should be commended not only for his reporting and writing, but for performing a vital public service.
This is one of seven DFMies for newsrooms in Pennsylvania.
About Michael Alan Goldberg
Goldberg is a long-time journalist and photographer, who spent more than a decade writing about music and other arts while living in New York City, Seattle, and Philadelphia before transitioning into covering crime, social policy, politics and urban development. Since joining The Reporter in November 2012, he has covered the cops, courts, and public safety beats.
He’s contributed work to SPIN, The Village Voice, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Premiere Radio Networks, NPR and dozens more media outlets. He’s been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
A native of Bucks County, Pa., and a graduate of the University of Maryland, he lives in Montgomery County, Pa., with his partner, Laura, and their crazy pug and comparatively mellow calico cat.
Other feature finalists
Other finalists for the DFMie for Feature/Lifestyle/Entertainment Journalism were:
- Lisa Kennedy, Craig F. Walker and Mahala Gaylord of the Denver Post for their story, “Cecil and Carl: in sickness and in health.” Walker was also a finalist for Journalist of the Year in metro newsrooms and a contributor to the Post’s Investigative/Enterprise DFMie winner. Gaylord was part of the Post team that won the Long Video DFMie.
- Brandie Kessler and Jason Plotkin of the York Daily record for their story and video on a transgender Civil War re-enactor. Plotkin was chosen the Journalist of the Year for mid-sized newsrooms and also was a finalist for long video.