Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Polk Award: Times receives George Polk Award for coverage of Bell scandal - latimes.com

Polk Award: Times receives George Polk Award for coverage of Bell scandal - latimes.com

The Los Angeles Times has won a George Polk Award, one of journalism's top honors, for exposing officials' exorbitant salaries and financial misdeeds in the small working-class town of Bell.

Spearheaded by staff writers Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, coverage of the Bell scandal involved more than two dozen reporters and editors and led to criminal charges against eight current and former city officials, as well as millions of dollars in tax refunds to residents.

The Times' stories, which won for local reporting, also sparked legislative reform efforts aimed at public pay and pension abuses, including a bill that would require California's city, county and schools officials to disclose their compensation online.

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