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Bob Drake Young Writer Award - awarded by Maine Press Association

The excellence in journalism award is given annually to a journalist with fewer than three years of experience in journalism, and the winner is chosen based on writing quality, enterprise reporting, imagination, thoroughness and balance.

Emily Bader's Blog

The state's child welfare system is still recovering from funding cuts, compounding the crisis. more »
posted 10/20/21

Emily Bader's Work

"I never get emotional in interviews. But one day nearly did me in."
In half of all cases in Maine in which a child is removed from the home, an Office of Child and Family Services investigation identified the parent or caregiver's substance use a risk factor.
The Sun Journal analyzed data from Maine Department of Health and Human Services reports on child welfare, including 18 years of annual child protective services reports and annual reports on Office of Child and Family Services staffing.