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Awards and Honors

Side Effects reporters have won multiple national, regional and state awards for their health reporting. Check out our award-winning stories below.


Public Media Journalists Association

Edward R. Murrow Awards, Regional

  • First place, Best Podcast, Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis for "Sick Season 1"

Association of Health Care Journalists

  • First place, Public Health Reporting, "Hidden Epidemics" collaboration with Center for Public Integrity and Columbia Journalism Investigations

Great Lakes Protection Fund

Ohio Associated Press

  • First place, Reporter of the Year, Paige Pfleger
  • First place, Rising Star Award, Paige Pfleger
  • Second place, Best Documentary or Series, Paige Pfleger
  • Second place, Best Feature Reporting, Paige Pfleger

Indiana Society of Professional Journalists


Edward R. Murrow Awards, Regional 

Emmy Awards, Lower Great Lakes Region

  • Health/Science (Program or Special), “The Workaround” video series

Illinois Associated Press Broadcast Association 

  • First Place, Best Series, “Continuing Mental Health Coverage”

Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association 

Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Amos Brown Minority Health Communicator Award

Indiana Society of Professional Journalists 

  • Journalists of the Year, Lauren Bavis, Emily Forman, Araceli Gomez-Aldana and Jake Harper 

Ohio Society of Professional Journalists

Overdose Lifeline Inc. 

  • Recognition for coverage of opioid crisis 

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, National


Association of Health Care Journalists 

Edward R. Murrow Awards, National 

Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association 

  • First Place, Best Reporter, Samantha Horton 

Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association 

National Institute for Healthcare Management 

Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Association 


Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association 

  • First Place, Best Spot News Reporting, “For Med Students, ‘Match Day’ Is A Day For Tears, Cheers And Jitters” 
  • First Place, Best Use Of Radio Sound, “Personalized Playlists Pack Therapeutic Power For Dementia Patients”