The Charlotte Observer’s 2012 business coverage has been recognized with two national awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, a national business journalism association. The awards recognize Observer coverage of a Bank of America shareholders meeting and a joint investigative project involving the Observer and The (Raleigh) News & Observer.
The business journalism group announced Monday that it received more than 1,100 entries and named 134 winners in its 18th annual Best in Business awards, which encompass work across all news platforms.
In the breaking news division, Observer reporters Andrew Dunn, Ely Portillo and Cleve R. Wootson Jr., and former staffer Kirsten Valle Pittman were recognized for their coverage of the Bank of America shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte in May.
“Prognosis: Profits,” a joint investigation by the Observer and the N&O into the role hospitals play in the soaring cost of health care, was honored in the investigative division. The journalists recognized for their work on the series were Observer reporters Ames Alexander and Karen Garloch, and N&O reporters Joseph Neff and David Raynor. Staff reports