South Lake Tahoe native Petula Dvorak recently receive a first-place medal in the 2013 Casey award competition.
Dvorak attended school at the South Shore from kindergarten through high school. She graduated in 1988 and studied journalism at the University of Southern California. After graduating in 1992, she worked as a reporter at various newspapers, including the Prague Post in Prague Czech Republic, the Orange County Register and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In 1999, she became a crime reporter for the Washington Post, where she is now Metro columnist.
Dvorak won the 2013 Casey award competition for her “Transgender at Five” story, a piece about a couple’s decision to allow their daughter to enroll in kindergarten as a boy.
Casey awards honor the past year’s best reporting on children, youth and families in the United States. They are bestowed by the Journalism Center on Children and Families, a nonprofit program of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.