The Syracuse Press Club is excited to announce the winner of our prestigious Bill Carey Award for Journalist of the Year.
Congratulations to Patrick Lohmann of The Post-Standard and syracuse.com! The club annually recognizes a Journalist of the Year who stands out among peers for contributions to news coverage in a 12-month period (in 2020).
Patrick was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico, a bordertown of the Navajo Reservation. He worked for a now-dead tabloid in high school called the Gallup Herald. In college, he was a reporter, desk editor and editor-in-chief of The Daily Lobo, The University of New Mexico’s student newspaper. Before moving to Central New York, he worked as a police reporter and a suburbs reporter for the Albuquerque Journal.
He’s been a reporter at the Syracuse Post-Standard | Syracuse.com for five years and has covered criminal justice and state government. Earlier this year, he was moved to the newspaper’s public affairs team where he covers a range of topics, including social services, housing, and the pandemic’s effects on the city’s poorest residents. While working as a reporter, he earned a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2019.
His work in Syracuse has won several local and national awards, including 2nd place in the National Headliner Award’s investigative category for an exposé on a cult-like Alcoholics Anonymous group, written along with fellow reporter Marnie Eisenstadt and published in October 2019.
Other work he’s proud of from the past year are profiles of Tyrone Hines, once Syracuse’s most notorious crack dealer released from prison after 28 years, and Steven St. Laurent, a right-wing militia member who died of Covid-19. He recently published a deep dive that exposed lax oversight at the Skyline apartment complex, where a 93-year-old woman was murdered, and broke national stories regarding the ineptitude of elections commissioners in the 22nd Congressional District race that finally wrapped up in February.
John Lammers, Syracuse.com’s director of content, nominated Patrick. He writes: “2020 was a year built for Patrick Lohmann. His skills and interests favored the stories that dominated this unusual year, and nobody in Syracuse did more varied, moving and impactful work.
His year was filled with dramatic coverage of police misconduct, the plight of the poor, Covid upheaval in families, the rise of disinformation, a recession, and conflict over the fight for social justice. What shines through all of this work are Pat’s essential gifts: a healthy curiosity about people and his ability to win their trust.
The subjects of many of these stories are much different from Pat, but he was able to bridge the differences to bring our readers stories that were sorely needed and lacking. And, you’ll see, his writing is graceful, detailed and empathetic. He’s not afraid of nuance. He’s fair. It’s an impressive body of work, that rose to the urgency of the times.”
Congratulations Patrick! We look forward to celebrating your hard work at the SPC banquet on Sept. 25, 2021.