The Dark Side of the Strawberry, our examination of the dangerous pesticides used in growing one of America’s favorite fruits, has won an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Reporting Award from the Online News Association.

ONA, one of the leading news industry organizations, announced its 2015 Online Journalism Awards at its annual conference Saturday in Los Angeles, praising the work for being thorough and written in an engaging manner.

The Dark Side of the Strawberry revealed that California regulators had increased cancer risk in more than 100 communities by gutting the regulation of one prominent chemical.

The Center for Investigative Reporting told the story and engaged the community in a number of ways:

The topic also will be covered in the November episode of CIR’s public radio show and podcast, “Reveal.”

In the wake of the reporting, California has restricted the use of one of the chemicals highlighted in the story, and Ventura County has demanded stricter air monitoring. The state is considering creating buffer zones to limit pesticide use around schools and requiring growers to notify neighbors when they use fumigants.

Finalists in the ONA medium-size category were Undue Force from The Baltimore Sun and Up in Flames from the San Antonio Express-News.

CIR/Reveal also was a finalist for ONA’s award for general excellence in online journalism in the medium-size category. Two radio pieces produced in collaboration with Reveal were award finalists as well: Criminalizing Kids, an investigation by The Center for Public Integrity, for the Knight Award for Public Service and Assault on Justice, a partnership with WAMU 88.5 News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, for student projects, pro-am.

Andrew Donohue is the deputy editor for Reveal. He works with the audience team to find out what the public needs from – and what it can contribute to – our reporting. Stories Donohue has reported and edited have led to criminal charges, firings and reforms in public housing, pesticide use, sexual harassment and labor practices, among other areas. As a reporter and editor, he’s won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association and others. Previously, Donohue helped build and lead Voice of San Diego, a pioneering local news startup. He was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, where he worked on deepening engagement with investigative reporting. He serves on the IRE board of directors.