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Atlanta Journal-Constitution wins 2016 Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism

Mar 9, 2017

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution wins 2016 Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism

$20K award cosponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, Scripps Howard Foundation

ATHENS, Ohio (March 9, 2017)—The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication and the Scripps Howard Foundation are proud to announce the winners and finalists of the annual Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Journalism. The award is given in cooperation with the Scripps Howard Awards, honoring substantive print reporting that covers stories intelligently and completely. The 2016 award goes to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The reporting team at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution received $20,000 for “Doctors & Sex Abuse,” an investigation into tolerance of sexual abuse by physicians nationwide based on the discovery that, in two-thirds of sexual abuse cases, Georgia doctors were allowed to keep their medical licenses.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Doctors & Sex Abuse website, “Our findings made us wonder whether our state is unusual. We expanded our scope to the rest of the country, and analyzed more than 100,000 medical board orders relating to disciplinary action against doctors since 1999.

We found disturbing news: Georgia isn’t unusual – sexual abuse of patients by doctors occurs far more often than any of us would have expected. Moreover, it is shrouded by a system that too often protects doctors from accountability, leaving patients vulnerable.”

Finalists for this award included M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer with Reuters for “Unsafe at Any Level,” a series exposing the hidden hazards of lead poisoning across America; and Chip Reid, Jennifer Janisch, Len Tepper and Heather Abbott with CBS News for “Wounded Warriors,” a three-part investigation on the Wounded Warrior Project and how the organization spends donations compared to other long-respected charities.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will be honored along with other recipients of the journalism awards by the Scripps Howard Foundation during the 64th Scripps Howard Awards event on April 12, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Entries for the Farfel Prize were judged by a panel of industry experts led by E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Director Bob Stewart. Judges assembled for two days at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

To learn more about the award, visit

For the Scripps Howard Foundation awards press release please visit,

-From staff reports