A USA Today investigation on abuses in the port trucking industry has one a Hillman Prize for journalism in service to the common good.
The investigation “Rigged: Forced Into Debt. Worked Past Exhaustion. Left With Nothing” was written and reported by Brett Murphy.
The reporting led to internal audits by six major retailers including Target, Home Depot and Walmart to ferret out abusive port trucking companies in their supply chain and the introduction of federal, state and local legislation to improve safety conditions for port truckers.
The prizes recognize journalists who serve the public interest.
The Hillman Prizes are open to journalists and subjects globally for any work widely accessible to a U.S. audience. Winners will be awarded a $5,000 prize at the Hillman Foundation’s annual ceremony in New York City on May 8.
All of the winners can be found here.