2015

C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards, Enterprise Reporting, Second Place, for "Misdirected Money," a series of stories on how developers exploit an incentive in the federal immigrant-investor visa program that was intended to benefit economically distressed areas.

Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, awarded to The Seattle Times staff for its digital account of the Oso landslide that killed 43 people and the follow-up reporting that explored whether it could have been averted. Bhatt contributed this front-page story on the slide's financial consequences.

Honorable Mentions, Best Collection of Work by an Individual and Best Mortgage or Financial Real Estate Story, National Association of Real Estate Editors.

2014

Best Series, Bronze Award, National Association of Real Estate Editors. Occasional series looked at impact of soaring rents on tenants.

Honorable Mention, Best Investigative Report, National Association of Real Estate Editors. The report exposed excessive insider lending at Westsound Bank, which regulators shut down in 2010.

2013

Best Residential Real Estate Report in a Daily Newspaper, Silver Award, National Association of Real Estate Editors. The national award was for an investigative true tale of what can happen when a home is abandoned to foreclosure.

2011

Sigma Delta Chi Award, Informational Graphics, Society of Professional Journalists. The national award, which Bhatt shared with a team of other journalists at The Seattle Times, recognizes "The Recession's Toll: A Special Report." Here's a link to the online version.

AAJA/Gannett Foundation Award for Digital Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. The award recognized a story and accompanying Tableau data visualization that documented how the nation's largest mortgage servicers in Treasury's Making Home Affordable program failed to comply with guidelines on loan modifications, and how Treasury did little to hold them accountable.

Third place, Phillip Meyer Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors. The national award recognizes the best use of social-science methods in journalism. The stories revealed the dimensions of the nation's foreclosure crisis. The online package included a video, a data visualization, and a custom database the reporters created on some 1,200 foreclosure filings.

2010

First place, Team Report, National Association of Real Estate Editors Journalism Awards.

First place, Business reporting, Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards, Society of Professional Journalists. Recognition for the foreclosure project in collaboration with ProPublica.

First place, Personalities reporting, Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, for this obituary on Harvey McGarrah.

Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting, Staff, for coverage of the murder of four Lakewood police officers - the worst act of violence against law enforcement in state history - and manhunt for gunman Maurice Clemmons. Bhatt contributed tweets and video from the stakeout and a key interview with one relative that topped a profile of Clemmons.

2009

Second place, Arts/Entertainment/Lifestyle, Online adaptation of print story, Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards, Society of Professional Journalists. The award was presented for two stories published in The Seattle Times: "Christmas trees: Only 15 chopping days left," and "Cadillac of worms rules as an urban composter."

2008

AAJA Chapter of the Year. At its 2008 national convention in Chicago, The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) honored the Seattle chapter for its successful campaign to establish a $100,000 scholarship endowment for the Northwest Journalists of Color. Bhatt led the fundraising campaign in 2007 that reached the goal.

Knight Multimedia Fellow, University of California-Berkeley. One of 20 mid-career journalists chosen for a competitive week-long multimedia workshop.

2006

Outstanding Service Award, Association of Health Care Journalists. The leading professional society for journalists covering health and health care recognized Bhatt for four years of service and leading major changes across the organization, including fiscal accountability, a new executive director and securing commitments from major funders for a national conference in Houston.

2005

First place, Online Special Report, Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards, Society of Professional Journalists. The award recognized an innovative multi-media presentation marking the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling. "Decades of effort fail to close gap in student achievement," Seattle Times, A1, May 9, 2004. .

Speaker, exPRESSion media conference, Convergence Institute of Media, Management & Information Technology Studies. Bhatt spoke to about 400 student and professional journalists in Bangalore.

2002

Knight Journalism Fellow, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of six journalists chosen for a four-month fellowship in public health. The fellowship included a one-month stint in Portland at the Oregon Department of Public Health.

As The Post's medical reporter, Bhatt led the staff's award-winning coverage of the nation's first confirmed anthrax case in the bioterrorist attack and received multiple honors: 2002 Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Award, First Place, Staff, Society of Professional Journalists. War on Terrorism Coverage, First Place, Florida Press Club. Outstanding Story on Any Subject, Second Place, South Asian Journalism Association Awards.

Recognized for leadership

2011: Chapter President of the Year, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).

2008: Chapter of the Year, AAJA.

2006: Outstanding Service Award, Assn of Health Care Journalists.

 

The awards from AAJA recognize the brilliant work of AAJA's Seattle chapter, which Bhatt led from 2008 to 2011. The chapter advocated for the release of journalist Dorothy Parvaz, doubled membership, held innovative salons and field trips to newsrooms, and re-launched its website on WordPress.

As co-chair of the NJC endowment campaigns in 2006 and 2007, Bhatt led volunteers in raising $65,000.

Since 1986, AAJA Seattle has awarded NJC scholarships to more than 100 promising minority journalism students, many of whom have gone on to bright careers in the industry.

 

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