Gun Crisis project partner Tara Murtha three-peats as state’s Distinguished Writer

We won’t celebrate before we see sustained gun violence reductions, but the constant stream of honors and attention following the Gun Crisis Reporting Project have been priceless in terms of maintaining momentum at an organization that is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Tara Murtha

Tara Murtha

Yesterday, we learned that Gun Crisis partner Tara Murtha was honored — for the third time — for Distinguished Writing for her work at Philadelphia Weekly by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s Keystone Press Awards.

One of the stories in Murtha’s winning portfolio was her report on, an amazing collaborative experience which led us to invite her to join our organization soon after. A cascade of media attention has followed Gun Crisis ever since.


Murtha leads community roundtable at Philadelphia City Council

Murtha also took top honors in column, profile and feature categories, as well as other awards, all of which will be presented in Harrisburg in May.

Murtha contributes to, participates in organizational planning, and organized and moderated our community and media roundtable on gun violence reporting at Philadelphia City Council last summer.

Murtha's award-winning report on the launch of the Gun Crisis project

Murtha’s award-winning report on the launch of the Gun Crisis project

Gun Crisis partners Joseph Kaczmarek and Tom Kelly IV were recently honored for their work with the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by the National Press Photographers Association, once again.

Year end reports identified as “journalism that mattered” and among “big ideas to watch.”

Throughout our first year, the volunteer staff at has contributed thousands of dollars in time and expenses to report on the epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia, and to identify possible solutions.

We also engage with students, scholars and public officials, and have provided professional services for other violence reduction organizations and events — but we need your help.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project has recently joined the nonprofit incubator at and now qualifies to accept tax-deductible contributions. Please take a moment and look at the ways you can help. Thank you.

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