‘Prescription for Disaster’ reporter wins Livingston

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

John Dickerson, a 26-year-old reporter for the Phoenix New Times, won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in the local reporting category for  stories about the Arizona Medical Board’s lax rules regarding physicians’ drug abuse.

Dickerson’s investigation revealed the state’s five-year monitoring period for physicians who had entered rehab for substance abuse to be inadequate, as a high percentage of those allowed to practice medicine (75 percent of a 20-physician total) relapsed after the monitoring window had expired.

Other stories in the award-winning series include:

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