Awards and Other Honors



Amnesty Award

Amnesty International USA
1999 Spotlight on Media Award


Presented to Bill Allen, Kim Bell, and Andrew Skolnick
for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch series edited by Amanda Davis:

"Death, neglect, and the bottom line"



John P. McGovern Award  John P. McGovern Award


2000 John P. McGovern Award

Presented by the

American Medical Writers Association

for Preeminent Contributions to Medical Communication


  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch nomination for Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism for newspaper series on ailing health care in the nation's jails and prisons, with Post-Dispatch reporters Kim Bell and Bill Allen.

  • Harvard University's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Journalism Finalist Award, March 1999 for newspaper series on ailing health care in the nation's jails and prisons, shared with Post-Dispatch reporters Kim Bell and Bill Allen.

  • First Prize in Community Affairs/Public Interest News Writingfrom Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, May 1999, for newspaper series on ailing health care in the nation's jails and prisons, shared with Post-Dispatch reporters Kim Bell and Bill Allen.

  • Missouri Press Association's Best Investigative Reporting Prize for Dailies, June 1999, for newspaper series on ailing health care in the nation's jails and prisons, shared with Post-Dispatch reporters Kim Bell and Bill Allen.

  • Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking, awarded in 2006 for "published work that best exemplifies a healthy skepticism, logical analysis, or empirical science," for article, "Natasha Demkina: The Girl with Normal Eyes," Skeptical Inquirer, May/June 2005.

  • Inaugural Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, 1998

  • Harry Chapin Media Award 2nd Prize for excellence in impacting hunger and poverty, from World Hunger Year, June 1996, for JAMA series, "Along US southern border, pollution, poverty, ignorance, and greed threaten nation's health."

  • Morris Fishbein Award from the American Medical Writers Association, Greater Chicago Chapter, June 1994, for JAMA article, "Female athlete triad' risk for women."

  • Responsibility in Journalism Award from the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, October 1992, for JAMA's 1991 publication on the deceptive marketing of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's health products and services.

  • First Annual Community Health Award for Journalistic Excellence from the National Association of Community Health Centers (shared with JAMA Medical News colleagues), September 1992, for article, "Sisters of Charity's clinic starts epidemic of caring."

  • Columbia Journalism Review Laurel, for JAMA's 1991 article on the deceptive marketing of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's health products and services.



Open for Lunch
The trap of the bug eating pitcher plant.



Field and Forest Nature Photography Contest

2nd Place - June 2001

Judged by Charles Moore, noted LIFE photographer whose photos of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s helped end American apartheid.

"I am extremely impressed with the quality overall of the pictures that were submitted. As a fanatical nature lover and Audubon member, I can see in the photos the viewer/photographer's love of nature. I have a great love for the natural landscape and the landscape photos are wonderful. I chose the creatures of this earth, and the close up of the amazing plant because we need to see more of our wildlife, and to see the closeup of Andrew A. Skolnick's photo deserves applause for the trained eye of the photographer." — Charles Moore