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2012 Farfel Prize winner visits OHIO campus

Oct 11, 2012

Russell Buettner, investigative reporter for The New York Times and one of the winners of the 2012 Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism, visited the Ohio University campus on Sept. 18, 2012. Photo by Megan Westervelt

2012 Farfel Prize winner visits OHIO campus

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2012) - Russell Buettner, investigative reporter for the The New York Times, spoke to the OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at Scripps College of Communication on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, as a visiting professional.

Buettner and colleague Danny Hakim received the 2012 Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism, given in cooperation with Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and the Farfel Endowment, for Excellence in Investigative Journalism for their series “Abused and Used.” The project involved a year of investigating more than 2,000 state-run homes for developmentally disabled individuals, and its publication has led to several reforms and additional monitoring requirements.

During his visit with SPJ, Buettner discussed the challenges of the investigation, as well as the interview logistics and the access issues he faced while pursuing the story. Students were given the opportunity to ask him about his career on a broader scale as well. Buettner shared anecdotes about his time spent working for the The New York Times, including threats made to his life by restaurant owners, and advice for soon-to-be graduates looking to work as journalists and reporters.

- from staff reports