The winners of the National Press Foundation’s annual awards include two entries from business journalist outlets.
There were two equal winners of NPF’s own Feddie Award, showing the impact of federal rules and regulations outside the Beltway. One winner was Bloomberg reporters Mark Drajem and Jack Kaskey who showed the consequences in West, Texas, when there was little federal oversight of toxic chemical storage at a manufacturing plant, but also little industry compliance with federal safety rules, resulting in a chemical explosion that killed 14 people.
The one-time only “Shutdown Feddie” award will go to The Wall Street Journal for a comprehensive look at the federal shutdown’s local impact, from declining customers at a tourism business in the Great Smoky Mountains to an Oregon company’s inability to get needed FCC approvals.
The winners will be honored at a dinner on March 5. All of the winners can be found here.