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BusinessWeek, Seattle Times win Barlett & Steele Awards

October 1, 2008

BusinessWeek magazine and The Seattle Times have been awarded first place and runner-up respectively in the second annual Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

Barlett & Steele AwardPrisoners of Debt,” a series by BusinessWeek’s Brian Grow, Robert Berner, Keith Epstein and Geri Smith, received the $5,000 first-place award. “The Favor Factory” by The Seattle Times’ David Heath and Hal Bernton was awarded the $2,000 second-place prize.

These awards sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism are named for the celebrated investigative business journalism team of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, which has received two Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national honors. Judging of the awards is based on that duo’s admonition to break new ground and ‘tell me something I don’t know.’

“In a traumatic year for the news industry and economy, this year’s winning entries prove the importance and relevance of solid investigations by dedicated journalists into excesses of both business and government,” said Andrew Leckey, director of the Reynolds Center. “All entrants in this year’s competition should be commended for remaining true to their professional responsibility to dig deeply into financial issues.”

Read more here to see the list of honorable mentions.

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