ProPublica reporter Sheri Fink has been named one of four finalists for the 7th Annual Michael Kelly Awards for her story, "The Deadly Choices at Memorial," published by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine in August 2009.

Fink investigated the questionable choices made by healthcare professionals at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Michael Kelly Awards were created by the Atlantic Media Company in honor of Michael Kelly, an editor at The Atlantic and the National Journal who was killed in 2003 covering the war in Iraq. The awards celebrate "the fearless pursuit and expression of truth in journalism."

The other three finalists include Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times for his reporting on Islamic radicalism in Africa, Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian of The Los Angeles Times for their reporting on unintended acceleration problems in Toyotas, and David Rohde of The New York Times for his five-part series on being kidnapped by the Taliban.