Four ProPublica projects won Deadline Club awards, announced at a Tuesday night ceremony in New York City. The annual contest honors the best work by journalists in the New York City area:
Insult to Injury, a joint project by ProPublica’s Michael Grabell and Lena Groeger, and NPR’s Howard Berkes, won the public service award. Their reporting exposed how state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ compensation system.
Surgeon Scorecard by Marshall Allen, Olga Pierce, Sisi Wei and Amanda Zamora won the award for science, technology, medical or environmental reporting. Their investigation and searchable database lifted the curtain on the complication rates of more than 16,000 surgeons nationwide, making the information public for the first time.
The Color of Debt, an analysis of stark racial disparities in debt collection lawsuits by Paul Kiel and Annie Waldman, won the minority focus award.
An Unbelievable Story of Rape, a collaboration by ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller and The Marshall Project’s Ken Armstrong, won the award for newspaper or digital feature reporting. The suspenseful narrative tells the account of a failed police investigation and the hunt for a serial rapist.