Dani McClain's investigative writing and reporting has been recognized by several organizations, including:
- 2018 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for 'What It's Like to be Black and Pregnant When You Know How Dangerous That Can Be' in The Nation
- Inclusion in the 2017 Essence 'Woke100 Women'
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America 2016 Media Excellence Award for feature article in The Nation “Long-Acting Contraception Makes Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet. So Why Are Some Women Still Skeptical?”
- National Association of Black Journalists 2015 Salute to Excellence, Single Topic Series Award for The Nation’s special issue “The Fight for Racial Justice”
- National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association 2014 Excellence in Online Journalism Award for Colorlines feature "Being ‘Masculine of Center’ While Black"
- Featured in the SJ60, the Solution Journalism Network's compilation of top journalists doing solutions reporting.
- Winner of the 2015 Professional Freedom & Responsibility Award from the Cultural and Critical Studies Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
"This powerful piece highlights the racial bias that remains in medicine as well as the importance of cultural competency when providers recommend methods of contraception. Dani also illustrated how the narratives we shape around long acting reversible contraception use and teen pregnancy, especially among communities of color must reflect the devastating history of sterilization and eugenics in this country. Her piece has inspired us at Planned Parenthood to evaluate the way we discuss these issues and we are incredibly grateful to Dani for pushing us forward in this extremely important work.” -Alencia Johnson, Assistant Director, Constituency Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America