The Feddie Reporting Award

Christina Jewett of Kaiser Health News has won the National Press Foundation’s Feddie Reporting Award for her work that pried open a hidden database of medical equipment malfunctions.

Jewett’s “Hidden Harm” series exposed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s secret database of malfunctioning medical devices. Her reporting prompted the FDA to publish its entire database online.

NPF judges said: “Christina Jewett’s reporting reveals a shocking 20-year effort to hide from doctors and public view thousands of cases of medical equipment malfunctions. We were stunned by the story, which has universal impact and is a failure of federal regulation. Manufacturers of major medical devices were allowed by the Food and Drug Administration to file reports of malfunctions in a special hidden database. Thanks to Jewett, the FDA has now revealed 5.7 million device-related injuries or malfunctions for the first time.”

In 2010, the National Press Foundation established this award to recognize outstanding reporting about the impact of federal laws and regulations on local communities. It is open to any U.S.-based journalist whose work represents the highest standards of journalism. The award and a cash prize of $5,000 will be presented at the NPF Awards Dinner on Feb. 13, 2020.