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Reuters, BuzzFeed win Polk Awards for biz stories

February 21, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Joshua Schneyer, Mica Rosenberg and Kristina Cooke of Reuters won a George Polk Award for revealing how staffing agencies in Alabama cashed in on lucrative commissions in a tight labor market by using fake documentation to put migrant children as young as 12 to work in Hyundai auto parts factories and poultry slaughterhouses, subjecting them to injury and abuse.

Their series, “Undocumented and Underage,” sparked increased scrutiny from federal and state agencies and led Hyundai to demand more accountability from its suppliers.

In addition, Kendall Taggart, John Templon, Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News won a Polk Award for demonstrating how the quality of care diminished after the global private equity firm KKR purchased hundreds of homes for people with severe disabilities.

When publication of their series, “Profit, Pain, and Private Equity,” caught the eye of regulators and legislators, KKR cancelled a planned initial public offering.

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