From left: MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan, Shira Schoenberg and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Advertising Director Scott Ziegler.
The Massachusetts Bar Association presented Springfield Republican and MassLive.com reporter Shira Schoenberg with the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award at the May 10 Excellence in the Law event, presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
The MBA-sponsored award is bestowed annually on reporters whose coverage of the legal system in Massachusetts best reflects the commitment to truth and justice shared by both the bar and the press.
Schoenberg, the politics and State House reporter for the Springfield Republican and MassLive.com, has covered judicial and criminal justice policy as well as court cases related to state government, elections and major crimes. She is a member of the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Public Access to Court Records standing committee.
In January 2015, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza listed Schoenberg as one of the best state politics reporters in the nation. Schoenberg previously covered the 2012 New Hampshire primary for the Boston Globe. Before that, she worked for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire, where she wrote about state government. Schoenberg has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.