AHCJ member Fink wins investigative Pulitzer

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ProPublica reporter and AHCJ member Sheri Fink, M.D., won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for her recounting of “the urgent life-and-death decisions made by one hospital’s exhausted doctors when they were cut off by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina.” Her piece also earned second place in AHCJ’s 2009 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

Read Fink’s article for AHCJ about how she reported the story.

An entry from the Los Angeles Times and ProPublica, written by AHCJ President Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber (a joint entry), was a nominated finalist in the public service category. Ornstein and Weber reported on “gaps in California’s oversight of dangerous and incompetent nurses, blending investigative scrutiny and multimedia storytelling to produce corrective changes.” AHCJ’s Web site features an extensive tip sheet from the reporters about how to evaluate nurse oversight in any state.

Health Journalism 2010 speaker wins for explanatory journalism

Explanatory Pulitzer winner Michael Moss, who wrote about “contaminated hamburger and other food safety issues that, in print and online, spotlighted defects in federal regulation and led to improved practices” will be speaking about food safety at Health Journalism 2010.

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