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Detroit Free Press reporter Howard wins National Headliner Award

April 9, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Phoebe Wall Howard

Detroit Free Press auto reporter Phoebe Wall Howard has won the National Headliner Awards for business news coverage.

Howard won for “Out of Gear.” The judges wrote, “​An investigation into the use of faulty transmissions in the Ford Fiesta & Focus led to a congressional investigation and manufacturing changes. The information was hard to find but the result was a polished look at a company that put profits over safety.”

Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel finished second for “Big Profits, Tiny Taxes” while the Seattle Times staff was third for its coverage of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Jen Wieczner of Fortune magazine won for magazine feature writing. The judges wrote, “Wieczner’s depth of reporting, vivid writing style and broad selection of topics gave her the edge in a category full of excellence.”

The awards were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. The annual contest is one of the oldest and largest in the country that recognizes journalistic merit in the communications industry.

See all of the winners here.

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