N&O wins two awards for investigative reporting

From staff reportsApril 19, 2013 

The News & Observer’s investigative reporting has been honored with recognition in two national journalism contests.

The paper’s reporting on academic and athletic scandals at UNC-Chapel Hill won first place in the education writing category of the National Headliner Awards, the Press Club of Atlantic City announced Friday.

The award honors three staffers – Dan Kane, J. Andrew Curliss and Andrew Carter. Their work exposed the academic scandal within the Department of African and Afro-American Studies and its connection to the athletic department and showed how academic advisers used fraudulent classes to help keep poorly prepared student-athletes eligible to play sports.

The UNC reporting also finished third recently in the investigative reporting category in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest. It previously has been honored by the North Carolina Press Association and earned a citation from the national Education Writers Association.

In the National Headliner contest, “Prognosis: Profits,” a series produced jointly by The N&O and The Charlotte Observer, won second place in the investigative reporting category. That series revealed large profits at nonprofit hospitals and highlighted huge salaries for some executives. It was also a finalist in the Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards and for a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting.

Reporter Joseph Neff and database editor David Raynor in Raleigh and reporters Ames Alexander and Karen Garloch in Charlotte reported and wrote “Prognosis: Profits.” The project has also been honored with awards from the American Society of News Editors, the Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Association of Health Care Journalists and the N.C. Press Association.

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