Two Center for Public Integrity projects were among the six finalists announced Thursday for the prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
The Center is the only news organization with more than a single finalist for the award, which is given by the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The annual prize, widely considered one of the field’s most important, recognizes journalism “which promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety and mismanagement, or instances of particularly commendable government performance.”
One Center for Public Integrity finalist, “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine,” was a year-long investigation done in partnership with the ABC News Brian Ross investigative unit. The series detailed how doctors and lawyers working at the behest of the coal industry helped defeat benefit claims of coal miners who were sick and dying of black lung disease.