Michael A. Ederly

Health-related journalism projectsi snared 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, writing style, clarity and impact.”

Reuters’ Murray Waas took the top spot, called the Gold Award, for “Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Dropped by Insurer (PDF).” Waas did an investigation of WellPoint’s algorithm and other practices.

The Silver Award went to John Fauber, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for “Side Effects: Money, Medicine and Patients".

There was no Bronze Award, but another health story — “Inside the Health-Care Crucible: Reports from a Hospital in a Time of Upheaval,” by the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Michael Vitez — notably earned an honorable mention. Vitez is the reporter who spent months “embedded” in a Pennsylvania hospital. Fauber also has wrtten extensively about health care. Murray Waas only recently began writing about health care.