Vendor David Denny presents the feature story award to Maria Gold of the Washington Post for her story about homeless students.

Honoring journalism that challenges perceptions about homelessness 

About 100 Street Sense friends and supporters gathered at The George Washington University Media and Public Affairs building on Wednesday, June 16 to honor leading local journalists who have helped shine a light on issues of poverty and homelessness over the past year.  

The occasion was the third annual David Pike Excellence in Journalism Awards.  

This year’s honorees were Washington Post writers Marc Fisher and Maria Glod, Washington Post photographer Mark Gail and Washington City Paper writer Jason Cherkis.  

Sam Ford, a general assignment reporter for ABC7/WJLA-TV, served as master of ceremonies. John Driscoll, president and CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans offered a keynote address.  

Vendors David Denny, Jeffery McNeil and Sybil Taylor and volunteer Jane Cave presented the awards.  

The ceremony is held each year in memory of the late David Pike, who gave his time and talents to Street Sense as a board member and volunteer after retiring from a 40-year career as journalist. Pike passed away in 2007. 

All photos by Jon Howell

Street Sense co-founder Ted Henson addresses the crowd. He talked about the importance of Street
Sense and thanked all donors and contributors who have helped keep the newspaper afloat.

Vendor Robert Warren signs in at the registration table.

Mark Gail of the Washington Post won the photography award for his image of Alex Lascaris, a homeless man who was attacked while sleeping. His image accompanied a story by Theola Labbé-DeBose in the newspaper.

Jason Cherkis won the investigative journalism award for his Washington City Paper story “He Just Went Off.” The story is about the death of a man on a sidewalk and people’s unwillingness to assist him.