2 Daily alums among finalists for Livingston Awards, which honor journalists under 35

From left: Paighten Harkins, class of 2015, and Baxter Holmes, class of 2009.

Two OU Daily alums have been named among the finalists for the Livingston Awards in local, national and international reporting, which honors the best reporting and storytelling by journalist younger than 35.

Paighten Harkins was honored in local reporting as part of a six-member team at the Salt Lake Tribune for a project called Shots Fired, produced in partnership with Frontline. The team investigated police shootings in Utah through an original database that tracks any time an officer fires a weapon. Harkins, a 2015 graduate, is originally from Durant.

Baxter Holmes, a senior writer for ESPN, was honored in national reporting for his three-part series revealing allegations of racism and misogyny within the Phoenix Suns franchise under team majority owner Robert Sarver. The work has led to an NBA investigation into the franchise that has interviewed more than 300 people. Holmes, a 2009 graduate, is originally from Tuskahoma.

The 52 finalists were chosen from more than 450 entries for work published in 2021.

“As the world continues to move through various types of upheaval, it’s encouraging to see younger journalists taking on and tackling important and complex stories,” said Lynette Clemetson, director of Wallace House at the University of Michigan, which administers the awards.

Winners will be announced on June 8.

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