Industry Achiever: Ken Armstrong and Michael Berens

By: Nu Yang

Industry Achiever: Ken Armstrong and Michael Berens

Ken Armstrong and Michael Berens are just two of the journalists who won a Pulitzer Prize this year. The Seattle Times investigative reporters were honored for their work “Methadone and the Politics of Pain,” which looked into “how a little-known governmental body in Washington state moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone, a cheaper but more dangerous drug.”

The two reporters were awarded $10,000, which they will use to pay for investigative training for their fellow staff members in Seattle. Training will be provided by the nonprofit organization Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

IRE board president Manny Garcia said, “(Armstrong and Berens) both exemplify what IRE is all about: equipping and training journalists worldwide to produce important investigative work.”

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