TODAY's Bob Dotson travels the country telling stories of ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things – but rarely toots his own horn.
So the Society of Professional Journalists is doing it for him.
Dotson, along with TODAY.com editor Rick Schindler, has been awarded SPJ’s 2012's National Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Online Column Writing.
"Bob Dotson has been in more motel rooms than the Gideon Bible, crisscrossing this country, four million miles, practically non-stop, for forty years searching for people who are practically invisible," the organization wrote about Dotson's work. "They may not run for President or go on talk shows, but without their contribution, the kind of country we love would not exist."
Read the five American Story columns that netted Dotson and Schindler the top honors:
In Joplin, a diner serves up shelter from the storm
Wounded warrior comic mines hilarity from horror
Despite paralysis, Iraq vet is thankful to be a dad
Amputee champion gives others legs to stand on
70 years later, ghosts of World War II remain indelible