Michigan Radio, HuffPost among personal finance award winners
The Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education announced today that Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton and HuffPost’s Casey Bond are among the winners of its 2019 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award.
Steve Chrypinski of Michigan Radio writes, ‘Samilton’s story, “‘Why the Funeral Rule is one of the least-known consumer protection laws in the country,’ looked at a little known consumer protection law in the funeral business. A Freedom of Information Act request by Michigan Radio/NPR found that nearly 50% — seven out of 15 — Lansing area funeral homes had violated the Funeral Rule – an often flouted consumer protection law. The rule requires funeral homes to give potential customers a price list before they show them things like caskets, and an itemized statement before the services are provided.
“The Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting awards are presented by RTDNA and NEFE as part of the Money Matters resource, a tool to help journalists better cover stories about financial issues. They recognize the best in personal finance reporting.
“Also winning a Personal Finance Reporting award in the Digital category was Casey Bond, a Lifestyle Reporter for HuffPost, for a story on how multi-level marketing companies sell women on the dream of being their own boss, yet as many as 99% end up losing money. Winning the award in the TV category was Chris Vanderveen, Investigative Reporter for KUSA-TV in Denver. A six-month investigation discovered common, emergency surgeries inside Denver-area hospitals that led to lawsuits, property liens and wage garnishments.”
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