Thursday, October 04, 2012

USAT | 'Ghost Factories' wins Barlett-Steele award

USA Today won a silver medal in the annual Barlett & Steele Awards, for a 14-month investigation that revealed locations of more than 230 long-forgotten smelters and the poisonous lead they left behind, the sponsoring Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism announced today.

The "Ghost Factories" series was by Alison Young and Peter Eisler.

The awards are named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team of Don Barlett and Jim Steele, who for many years worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The top prize gold medal went to The New York Times for its inquiry into an alleged government bribery cover-up by Wal-Mart in Mexico. And the Charlotte Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer won the bronze for a joint investigation that found non-profit hospitals being run more like for-profit enterprises.


  1. Quite fitting there are no comments about this here. Not something that can be belittled, mocked, debunked, or otherwise turned into some us vs. them thing.

    So we at USA Today will take the grand and eloquent silence here as applause.

    And thank you, Jim, for posting this.

  2. This was a terrific series and well deserved the recognition. Congratulations. :-)

  3. Thanks for doing your job. Our Balls expects no less!


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