Reuters was today named a finalist for three prestigious Gerald Loeb Awards. Presented by the G. and R. Loeb Foundation and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Loeb Awards celebrate excellence in business and financial journalism. Reuters is recognized in the Breaking News category, for coverage of the collapse of FTX; in the Investigative category for its series, “Undocumented and Underage”; and in Audio Reporting, for the podcast “Who Killed Daphne?,” produced in conjunction with Wondery and the Times of Malta.
Breaking News finalist FTX, by Angus Berwick, Tom Wilson, Chris Prentice, Hannah Lang, Koh Gui Qing, Jasper Ward, Luc Cohen and Elizabeth Howcroft, took readers inside the collapse of the crypto exchange. Reuters consistently broke news on the saga since it began on Nov. 6 when Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao triggered his rival’s collapse by tweeting that Binance would sell its holding of FTX’s own digital token. Reuters also exclusively obtained messages that founder Sam Bankman-Fried was broadcasting internally as he fought to retain control and rally employees around him.
“Undocumented and Underage,” by Joshua Schneyer, Mica Rosenberg and Kristina Cooke, uncovered the widespread and illegal use of child workers at auto-parts factories in the U.S., leading to the rescue of minors and spurring at least 10 investigations by state and federal authorities. Children, some as young as 12, were building parts in Alabama for two of the world’s most successful automakers: Hyundai and sister brand Kia. The series won a George Polk Award and was a Pulitzer Prize and Goldsmith Awards finalist.
“Who Killed Daphne?,” by Reuters journalist Stephen Grey, Jacob Borg of the Times of Malta, and Russell Finch, Nikka Singh and the Wondery miniseries team, helped solve the mystery of who killed renowned Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, leading to arrests and convictions of the plotters and a political crisis on the island. The podcast explains how Grey and Borg solved a financial mystery and pinpointed a Maltese business tycoon as the man with most to gain by killing Caruana Galizia. The podcast culminates with a jail cell confession obtained by Grey from one of the assassins.
In a statement announcing the Reuters coverage honored by the Loeb, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said, “I am immensely proud of our finalists, whose work generated immediate impact and represents the pinnacle of business journalism in the global public interest.”
Loeb Award winners will be announced on September 28. For more of Reuters award-winning journalism, visit Reuters.com.
Heather.Carpenter @ tr.com