Sam Abdou

Health-related investigations snagged both top spots in the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism this year. The awards, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, judge stories based on “investigative enterprise, strong business theme, writing style, clarity and impact.”

Reuters’ Murray Waas took the top honors, called the Gold Award, for “Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Dropped by Insurer (PDF),” a four-month investigation of WellPoint’s illegal actions in the dropping of customers recenty diagnosed with breast cancer. The story was the second of a series, by Reuters' Murray Waas, about such health insurance practices.