Defense One Wins Two Eddie Awards

The Folio: media group recognized the Defense One Radio podcast and an investigative piece on the Pentagon’s JEDI contract.

Defense One won two Eddie Awards for journalism excellence at last week’s Folio: awards banquet in New York City.

Defense One Radio was named Best Podcast (Consumer Division) for “Beyond South China Sea Tensions,” a two-episode series that explored the history and geopolitics of the disputed territory in “The Tinderbox” and “The CCP Vision and the Future of Chinese History.” Produced and hosted by News Editor Ben Watson, Defense One Radio shared the award as co-winner with Dear HBR, produced by Harvard Business Review. 

A joint Defense One and Nextgov investigation into the behind-the-scenes battle for the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract was named Best Single Article (B2B, Government / Public Works Division). In “Someone Is Waging a Secret War to Undermine the Pentagon’s Huge Cloud Contract,” Executive Editor Kevin Baron, Technology Editor Patrick Tucker, and Nextgov Editor Frank Konkel revealed that a private investigative firm was distributing inaccurate information about competitors, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and his Pentagon staff.

Run by the Folio: media group, the 2019 Eddie & Ozzie Awards competition received some 2,500 entries from print and digital publications in 33 categories, including breaking news coverage, critical analysis and investigative reporting.