Harvard’s 6 Goldsmith Prize Finalists Announced

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By: Joe Strupp

Articles about issues ranging from organ transplant dangers to housing agency abuses are among the finalists for the prestigious Goldsmith Prize, which is given by the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.

The annual award, which recognizes investigative reporting, will be presented, along with a $25,000 cash prize, during the awards ceremony on March 13.

The six finalists for this year’s prize are:

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team for “Debtor’s Hell,” a series which focused on “unscrupulous” debt collection firms;

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber of the Los Angeles Times for “Transplant Patients at Risk,” an investigation of organ transplant programs;

Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald for “House of Lies,” a report that disclosed abuses in the Miami-Dade County Housing Agency;

Ken Armstrong, Justin Mayo and Steve Miletich of The Seattle Times for “Your Courts, Their Secrets,” which uncovered hundreds of sealed court cases;

Charles Forelle, James Bandler and Mark Maremont of The Wall Street Journal for “Stock Option Abuses, ” an investigation into top executives who manipulated stocks to reward themselves;

Dan Morgan, Gilbert M. Gaul and Sarah Cohen of The Washington Post for “Harvesting Cash,” a series that exposed waste and abuse in the federal farm subsidy system.

“We are proud to be honoring six superb examples of investigative reporting that had such a powerful impact on the public good.” said Alex S. Jones, Director of the Shorenstein Center.

The awards also will include a special citation to The Center for Public Integrity “for its superb investigative work in the public interest.”

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