A USA TODAY investigation of the companies behind risky dietary supplements was named a top example of investigative reporting in 2013 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
A USA TODAY investigation of the people and companies behind risky dietary supplements on Thursday was named one of the best examples of investigative reporting in 2013 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
"This series likely saved lives and, hey, what could be more important than that?" wrote the judges in announcing that the newspaper's "Supplement Shell Game" series, by reporter Alison Young, won the society's investigative reporting category for the largest newspapers.
In awarding the prize, the judges called the series a "story that uncovered the world of criminals-turned-entrepreneurs who lace supplements with harmful chemicals, market them to the public and perpetually escape the grips of the law. ... The interactive graphic alone showed tremendous research and focus."
The Supplement Shell Game series is online at supplements.usatoday.com.
The contest honored work in 72 categories that received 1,123 entries from 181 news organizations, including Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and Money magazine. A full list of winners is on the society's website.