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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 National Center for Business Journalism, judge stories based on “investigative enterprise, strong business theme, writing style, clarity and impact.”

Reuters’ Murray Waas won the top award for “Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Dropped by Insurer ,an eight-month investigation of WellPoint’s insidious practice of dropping patients-- including many, after they were diagnosed with breast cancer.