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About Me

I am an investigative reporter specializing in health, environmental and consumer issues. My work has revealed safety lapses at biological research labs, food manufacturers and nursing homes; hazards in municipal water systems and near forgotten lead factories; the criminal backgrounds of dietary supplement makers and the role of substandard hospital care in maternal deaths.


I am a past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national journalism training organization, and I teach at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I have reported for USA TODAY, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Knight Ridder’s Washington Bureau, the Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic and the Dallas Times Herald. My reporting honors include three Gerald Loeb Awards, three Scripps Howard Awards and a duPont-Columbia Award.

 
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