Seattle Times reporters Mike Baker and Justin Mayo were named Monday the recipients of USC’s Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for their probe into the quality of care at a rapidly expanding neuroscience institute in the Seattle area.
The award, presented by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, includes a $50,000 prize.
“USC Annenberg is honored to present this prestigious award, which is a powerful reflection of our commitment to supporting rigorous, ethical, high-impact investigative journalism,” USC Annenberg Dean Willow Bay said.
The two-year investigative report by Baker and Mayo, “Quantity of Care,” was published in four parts, beginning in February 2017.
Profits Ahead Of Patient Safety
“The reporters’ meticulous work showed Swedish Medical Center, a revered local institution, and one of its star surgeons were putting profits ahead of patient care and safety — and trying to silence anyone who sounded alarms,” the Selden Ring judges wrote. “The reporting led to the resignation of the hospital’s CEO, cost a surgeon his state license and changed medical center policy and state laws. `Quantity of Care’ exposed medical practices that should concern us all.”
Reporting Led To Major Changes
The Selden Ring Award, named for Southern California philanthropist Selden Ring, is awarded by the USC Annenberg School of Journalism to recognize outstanding work in investigative journalism that leads to direct results.