A shoe-leather investigative journalist in the best tradition, whose beat has been the underclass of one of our country’s most shamefully derelict cities.

— Judges of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award

Jonathan Schuppe is a reporter specializing in criminal justice and urban issues. His book about a Newark, New Jersey Little League team won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, given by the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. The book also was nominated for a PEN Literary Award for nonfiction.

Until December 2008, Jonathan was a reporter at The Star-Ledger in Newark, where he covered politics, government and inner-city crime. He also shot and edited news videos for the paper’s website, He was part of a team of reporters awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking-news coverage of Governor James E. McGreevey’s resignation. In 2008, the University of Colorado and the Denver Press Club honored him with the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. He is also the recipient of several state journalism prizes.

After leaving The Star-Ledger, Jonathan covered New York as a reporter/producer for the startup news website He is now a writer for NBC News. He also serves on the board of directors of Criminal Justice Journalists.

Jonathan lives with his wife and children in New Jersey.

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