ASU professor wins George Polk Award for Medical Reporting


Steve Doig and two California Watch reporters won this year’s George Polk Award for Medical Reporting for a groundbreaking series on a Southern California hospital chain that received mega bonuses by billing Medicare for rare medical conditions.

Doig is the the Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He worked on the “Decoding Prime” series – an effort that required analyzing more than 51 million patient records and thousands of other documents to spot billing patterns a Prime Healthcare Services – with Lance Williams and Christina Jewett of California Watch.

Doig is an expert in computer-assisted reporting and won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service at The Miami Herald for his coverage of the devastation of Hurricane Andrew.


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