Pulitzer Prize Awarded to Series on Mine Worker Health

The Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded today to Chris Hamby, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, a Public Welfare Foundation grantee. The prize recognized an outstanding series called “Breathless and Burdened,” which revealed how some industry-funded lawyers and doctors “rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease.”

The reporting has already prompted some changes at the Department of Labor. In the aftermath of the series, which was jointly reported with ABC News, the Solicitor of Labor announced initiatives to aid miners with their claims, including instructions to government lawyers to intervene in appeals, and a pilot program in which doctors who first examined miners would have an opportunity to rebut company-funded second opinions.

This series has also won the White House Correspondents Award and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

The Pulitzer citation and links to the articles in the series can be found here.


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