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Reporter Q&A: Duluth News Tribune exposes malpractice allegations

Brandon Stahl
Brandon Stahl

In May, Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune investigations editor Brandon Stahl and courts reporter Mark Stodghill published a major story about how a local neurosurgeon, Stefan Konasiewicz, had amassed a record of malpractice allegations despite praise and high pay from his hospital.

Stahl followed up with additional pieces this month about the money the hospital reaped from Konasiewicz's surgical department and the growing list of patients complaining that they were harmed by the doctor.

In an e-mail conversation with AHCJ board president Charles Ornstein about how the story came together, he reveals how he got local doctors to publicly discuss their complaints about Konasiewicz and the resources he found most helpful.

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