Member close-up: Seattle Times’ Michael Berens
Aug. 23rd, 2012 by Pia Christensen
Filed under: Health journalism, Member news
This has been quite a year for Michael Berens.
In April, Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times were awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for their work exposing Washington’s financially motivated practice of routinely prescribing methadone, a deadly pain drug, for people in state-subsidized health care.
Berens and Armstrong donated the $10,000 Pulitzer Prize money to the newsroom to be earmarked for staff training. Part of the money was used to send four Times staff members to the annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors in Boston. The remainder of the money will be used for training throughout the year at the newspaper.
Berens’ website, watchdogreporter.com, includes links to some of his favorite websites as well as his handouts on things like a project checklist, developing a strategy to find the story and interview techniques.
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The pain medication story on Involuntary Transformation:
photo credit State Symbols USA