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Reuters lead poisoning investigation wins Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting
July 12, 2017 / 2:15 PM / 5 months ago

Reuters lead poisoning investigation wins Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on Wednesday announced that Reuters has won their prestigious John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, for the investigation into lead poisoning across America.

St. Joseph, Missouri, has neighborhoods filled with aged homes and high rates of lead poisoning. Here, Kadin Mignery, 2, plays on his front porch. Kadin was diagnosed with lead poisoning, prompting his mother to change his diet and repaint the home’s interior. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

“Unsafe at Any Level,” by M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer, tracked lead poisoning down to the neighborhood level across the United States, finding nearly 3,000 communities with poisoning rates at least double that of Flint, Michigan. They located the areas by analyzing millions of childhood blood lead-test results at the census-tract and zip-code level – a first-of-its-kind data exploration not only for journalists, but in the annals of public health research.

The Oakes judges called the Reuters series a “high-impact investigation” and praised the “interactive map that tracked childhood blood testing results, exposing stunning health disparities and allowing the public to visualize local lead exposure rates for the first time.”

This is the seventh journalism award recognition this year for the series, including a National Press Club Award, a National Headliner Award and a Sidney Award.

You can read the entire series online here .

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