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Alison Young is a member of USA TODAY's investigative team and a past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national journalism education organization.

From October 2008 through October 2009, Young wrote a weekly watchdog column called Spotlight in each Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before that she covered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the AJC.

From 2003-2006 she was a member of the Washington-based national investigative team for the Knight Ridder chain of newspapers, which included the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press, and also has reported for The Arizona Republic and the Dallas Times Herald.

Young's reporting has won numerous awards, including a duPont-Columbia Award, a Barlett & Steele Silver Award, the Hillman Prize, two Scripps Howard awards, two National Headliners, two Gerald Loeb Awards, as well as honors from Sigma Delta Chi and the National Press Club.