Patrick Kerkstra’s ‘Deluge of Deadbeats’ series wins recognition

This year’s inaugural Weiss Award for Investigative Journalism went to a team of reporters from the Inquirer for a series about violence and dangerous learning conditions in the city’s public school system. We applaud that excellent series, as well as the news that our contributor Patrick Kerkstra earned Special Recognition from the judges for his PlanPhilly/Inquirer series “A Deluge of Deadbeats.” Congrats, Patrick.

Patrick’s data-driven analysis of Philadelphia’s epic property tax delinquency problems led to proposed legislation in City Council to begin correcting the city’s dysfunctional tax collection and foreclosure systems.

The Weiss Award is sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater.

Click here to revisit Patrick’s series. 



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