2015 Gerald Loeb Award Finalists Announced by UCLA Anderson School of Management

Lifetime Achievement Award goes to James Grant of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer; Rebecca Blumenstein of The Wall Street Journal to receive Lawrence Minard Editor Award

LOS ANGELES--()--Judy D. Olian, chairman of the G. and R. Loeb Foundation Inc. and dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management, today announced the finalists of the 2015 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. She also announced the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lawrence Minard Editor Award.

The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is James Grant, founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. This annual award recognizes an individual whose career exemplifies the consistent and superior insight and professional skills necessary to further the understanding of business, financial and economic issues.

Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor-in-chief at The Wall Street Journal, will receive the 2015 Lawrence Minard Editor Award, named in memory of Laury Minard, founding editor of Forbes Global and a former final judge for the Loeb Awards. This award honors excellence in business, financial and economic journalism editing, and recognizes an editor whose work does not receive a byline or whose face does not appear on-air for the work covered.

Grant and Blumenstein will receive their career achievement awards at the 2015 Gerald Loeb Awards banquet and celebration on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Capitale in New York City. Winners in the 11 competition categories will also be announced during the banquet.

The banquet and celebration is attended by the most influential journalists, publishers and producers in the nation. The official invitation, with ticket, table, sponsorship and advertising information can be viewed at http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/loebawards2015.

The following #LoebAwards finalists were chosen from more than 480 entries submitted by local, regional and national outlets:

Beat Reporting Category Finalists

  • Zachary R. Mider for “Tax Runaways” – Bloomberg News
  • Michael Brick for “Michael Brick, Texas Energy” – Houston Chronicle
  • David Sirota for “Public Money, Private Profits” – International Business Times
  • Eric Lipton, Ben Protess, Nicholas Confessore and Brooke Williams for “Lobbying in America” – The New York Times

Breaking News Category Finalists

  • Aaron Kirchfield, Matthew Campbell, Jeffrey McCracken, Vidya Root, Helene Fouquet and Francois de Beaupuy for “GE vs. France” – Bloomberg News
  • Matthew Garrahan and Tim Bradshaw for “Apple Beats” – The Financial Times
  • Melody Petersen, Ralph Vartabedian, W.J. Hennigan, Christine Mai-Duc, Ruben Vives and Shan Li for “Virgin Galactic Crash” – Los Angeles Times
  • Dominic Gates, Rami Grunbaum and Jim Brunner for “SeaTimes Breaking News: Boeing Machinist Contract Vote Showdown” – The Seattle Times
  • Gregory Zuckerman and Kirsten Grind for “Abdication of the ‘Bond King’” – The Wall Street Journal

Commentary Category Finalists

  • Shirley Leung for “Shirley Leung Columns” – The Boston Globe
  • Michael Hiltzik for “Michael Hiltzik, Business Columnist” – Los Angeles Times
  • Jesse Eisinger for “Wall Street Accountability” – ProPublica
  • Matt O’Brien for “Global Inequality” – The Washington Post

Explanatory Category Finalists

  • Matt Drange, Susanne Rust, Michael I. Schiller and The Guardian US Interactives Team for “Toxic Trail” – The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Jason Grotto and Heather Gillers for “Borrowing Trouble” – Chicago Tribune
  • Lisa Song, David Hasemyer, Jim Morris and Greg Gilderman for “Big Oil, Bad Air” – InsideClimate News, The Center for Public Integrity and The Weather Channel
  • Krissy Clark, Noel King, Caitlin Esch and Lindsay Thomas for “York & Fig” – Marketplace
  • Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating for “The Business of Dying” – The Washington Post

Feature Category Finalists

  • David Voreacos and Jeff Plungis for “Death on the Highway” – Bloomberg News
  • Peter Elkind for “Inside Elon Musk’s $1.4 Billion Score” – Fortune
  • Jennifer Reingold for “How to Fail in Business While Really, Really Trying” – Fortune
  • Tom Philpott and Matt Black for “California Goes Nuts” – Mother Jones

Images/Visuals Category Finalists

  • Matt Smith, Jennifer Gollan and Michael I. Schiller for “Techsploitation” – The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Chris Zubak-Skees for “2014 Interactive Graphics” – The Center for Public Integrity
  • Gregor Aisch, Wilson Andrews, Jeremy Ashkenas, Matthew Bloch, Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, Haeyoun Park, Alicia Parlapiano and Archie Tse for “Economic Tools & Visualizations” – The New York Times
  • Paul Antonson, Andrew Beaton, Martin Burch, Chris Canipe, Drew Evans, Madeline Farbman, Marc LaJoie, Jonathan Keegan, Roger Kenny, Steven Kutz, Nick Shearman, Mike Sudal, Adam Suharja, Stuart Thompson, Christopher Weaver and Kurt Wilberding for “The Wall Street Journal: Interactive Graphics” – The Wall Street Journal

International Category Finalists

  • Rakteem Katakey, Rajesh Kumar Singh and Tom Lasseter for “The Bleakest Side of India's Modernization” – Bloomberg News
  • Lynn Hicks and Rodney White for “Feeding China” – Des Moines Register
  • Richard Marosi and Don Bartletti for “Product of Mexico” – Los Angeles Times
  • T. Christian Miller, Jonathan Jones, Marcela Gaviria, Will Cohen and Ashley Gilbertson for “Firestone and the Warlord” – ProPublica and PBS FRONTLINE

Investigative Category Finalists

  • Daniel Wagner for “Profiting from Prisoners” – The Center for Public Integrity
  • John Fauber, Elbert Chu and Coulter Jones for “Drug Approvals Investigation” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today
  • Hilary Stout, Danielle Ivory, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Hiroko Tabuchi, Bill Vlasic, Matthew L. Wald, Rachel Abrams, Poh Si Teng, Wilson Andrews and Gregor Aisch for “Fatal Flaws in Auto Safety” – The New York Times
  • Christopher S. Stewart, Christopher Weaver, John Carreyrou, Rob Barry, Anna Wilde Mathews and Tom McGinty for “Medicare Unmasked” – The Wall Street Journal

Local Category Finalists

  • Mike Hendricks and Mará Rose Williams for “Misleading March to the Top” – The Kansas City Star
  • John Diedrich, Bill Schulz and Gary D’Amato for “Death in the Ring” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt for “Unchecked Care” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Ivan Penn for “Duke Energy” – Tampa Bay Times

Personal Finance Category Finalists

  • Alison Fitzgerald and Jared Bennett for “Florida’s Foreclosure Crisis” – The Center for Public Integrity
  • Susan Tompor for “Helping Retirees Navigate Pension Cuts in Detroit’s Bankruptcy” – Detroit Free Press
  • Ann Marsh, Scott Wenger and Kamrhan Farwell for “Could Financial Planning Help Stem the Rate of Military Suicides?” – Financial Planning
  • Jean Eaglesham and Rob Barry for “Tracking Troubled Brokers” – The Wall Street Journal

Video/Audio Category Finalists

  • Cindy Galli, Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz, Angela Hill and Lee Ferran for “ABC News Brian Ross Investigates: Deadly Impact” – ABC News
  • Vicky Nguyen, Kevin Nious, Jeremy Carroll, Felipe Escamilla, David Paredes and Mark Villarreal for “Inside Sysco: Exposing North America's Food Sheds” – KNTV
  • Chris Arnold, Paul Kiel, Neal Carruth, Uri Berliner and Tracy Weber for “The Unseen Toll of Wage Garnishment” – NPR and ProPublica
  • Jason Bellini for “The Short Answer: MH370” – The Wall Street Journal

For more information about The Gerald Loeb Awards, please visit http://www.loeb.anderson.ucla.edu, email loeb@anderson.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-4478.

About The Gerald Loeb Awards

The Gerald Loeb Awards were established in 1957 by the late Gerald Loeb, a founding partner of E.F. Hutton. His intention was to encourage reporting on business and finance that would inform and protect the private investor and the general public. Distinguished journalists and outlets nationwide submit entries to compete for the most prestigious honor in business journalism. UCLA Anderson has been presenting The Gerald Loeb Awards since 1973 and the awards use a two-tier judging process comprising a preliminary round and final round. The awards banquet and celebration is held in New York City every June and is attended by the country’s top business and financial publishers, editors, journalists, producers and celebrities. The Gerald Loeb Awards is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization that operates primarily from sponsorship and private support. Follow The Gerald Loeb Awards on Twitter @LoebAwards and on Vine at http://www.vine.co/LoebAwards. Hashtag: #LoebAwards

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral and executive education programs embody the school’s Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UCLAAnderson or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uclaanderson.


UCLA Anderson School of Management
Jonathan Daillak, 310-825-4478

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UCLA Anderson announces the 2015 Gerald Loeb Awards finalists and career achievement honors. The awards banquet and celebration will be held on June 23, 2015, in New York City. #LoebAwards


UCLA Anderson School of Management
Jonathan Daillak, 310-825-4478