Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress

NPF Award Winner: Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress - James V. Grimaldi and Michelle Hackman

James V. Grimaldi and Michelle Hackman 2017

Wall Street Journal

The NPF judges said: “Their investigation revealed that Rep. Tom Price, then the nominee to be HHS secretary, had traded in health stocks while pushing legislation that could affect those stocks. Reverberations from their story dominated Price’s confirmation hearings and effectively put him in the crosshairs during his brief tenure at HHS.”

James Grimaldi

James V. Grimaldi is a senior writer on the investigations desk of The Wall Street Journal, based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. Previously, Grimaldi worked at The Washington Post for 12 years, primarily for the investigative unit, where in 2006 he won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for stories exposing the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. The Abramoff stories also won the Selden Ring Award and the Worth Bingham Prize. He also worked on accountability coverage after the 9/11 attacks that was a jury-nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2002. Grimaldi has written candidate-accountability stories for the past four presidential election cycles, and he covered the 2000 election deadlock in Florida. His reporting on animal deaths at the National Zoo led to the dismissal of the director, and his coverage of expense abuses at the Smithsonian ended with the firing of the institution’s top official. His work with others on the DC public school system won a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in 2008. And stories he co-authored about guns in America won the Freedom of Information Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors in 2010.  Grimaldi earlier worked at The Seattle Times, The Orange County Register and the San Diego Tribune.

Michelle Hackman

Michelle Hackman is a reporter in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, where she covers health policy, including Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care act, abortion policy and mental health.She is a 2015 graduate of Yale University, and her work has appeared in Vox, Nieman Reports and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

 

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