Contributing Editor and Senior Writer Laura McPhee was named NUVO’s news editor this week. “This is a great moment in our 16-year history,” says NUVO Publisher and Editor Kevin McKinney.
For more than two years, McPhee’s coverage of local and state politics in the pages of NUVO has consistently earned her the reputation as one of Indiana’s best social justice and investigative journalists.
This past weekend, McPhee was honored at the annual ACLU of Indiana banquet with the media “Defender of Liberty” award for her coverage of women’s reproductive health issues. The Indiana Society of Professional Journalists has chosen her work as award-worthy on at least eight occasions in the past two years, including naming McPhee the Best Social Justice Reporter in the state of Indiana in 2005. Nationally, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awarded McPhee a second place award this year in news writing for her NUVO cover story “For Sale: How Special Interest Groups Get Their Money’s Worth in the Indiana General Assembly” (March 2005).
According to McKinney, “As a writer, Laura McPhee has already demonstrated the breadth and depth of her inquisitiveness, the natural flow, humor, sense of adventure and astonishment of her prose and a fierce sense of responsibility towards truth and social justice. These are all qualities that NUVO ascribes to, as well, and with Laura as our full-time news editor, our capacity to deliver on our style of journalism has been greatly enhanced.”
For her part, McPhee says she feels honored to be named news editor. “I feel very lucky to have found my home at NUVO. I frequently thank the stars, the gods and fate for aligning the universe in just such a way that I am able to do what I love to do with people I respect and admire so deeply.”