Post and Courier special assignments reporter Tony Bartelme is the 2012 winner of the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for non-deadline reporting.

The society made the announcement today honoring Bartelme for his series “Storm of Money,” which detailed how and why the insurance industry bills South Carolina homeowners among the highest insurance rates in the country.

The awards recognize “exceptional professional journalism produced in 2012.”

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932, when the society honored six individuals for their contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939 as the Distinguished Service Awards.

Bartelme received the award in the 50,001 to 100,000 circulation category. Bartelme and “Storm of Money” were selected as finalists last week for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Go to for stories and interactive multimedia, including comparisons of insurance rates in South Carolina and across the nation.

Links to the rest of the winning works are provided on the Sigma Delta Chi website at

Sigma Delta Chi was founded in 1909 to promote the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and the press.

Among the other winners announced today are:

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+) Superstorm Sandy — Staff, The Wall Street Journal.

Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 50,001-100,000): Superstorm Sandy at the Jersey Shore — Staff, Asbury Park Press

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 100,001+): Zero Day — Robert O’Harrow Jr., The Washington Post