An investigation into deaths in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota has been named a finalist in the 2016 Gerald Loeb Awards for business and financial journalism.
The story, reported by Jennifer Gollan and co-produced with PBS NewsHour, is a finalist in the video category. The investigation that revealed how top oil companies dodge accountability for workers’ deaths. Editors and producers from Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting who worked on the story include David Ritsher, Amanda Pike, Fernando Diaz, Ariane Wu, Adithya Sambamurthy and Rachel de Leon. For PBS NewsHour, the story was senior produced by Richard Coolidge and executive produced by Sara Just.
The project also included articles on RevealNews.org and in Politico Magazine. A radio segment ran on CIR’s “Reveal” public radio show and podcast. The investigation also inspired a play, “North by Inferno,” which opened in North Dakota last fall before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” cited the findings of Gollan’s investigation in a segment on oil worker safety.
Other finalists in the video category are stories by The Wall Street Journal, Sinclair Broadcast Group and The Hollywood Reporter.
The Loeb Awards are administered by UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to encourage and recognize outstanding reporting on business and finance. Winners will be announced June 24 in New York.