I was happy to read the headline in the May 19 Statesman: "Audrey Dutton wins reporter of the year." Dutton's honor was one of several our business reporting team received in the annual Idaho Press Club competition for work in 2012.
Dutton covers the business of health. She won first-place in business reporting for a story exploring the higher bills that follow local hospital systems' acquisitions of private physician practices. She also won first place in medical reporting for reporting on a state investigation of a Meridian midwifery business.
Dutton brings her watchdog approach to other stories, too. She has written since 2011 about Idaho's debt-purchasing industry. Her work was cited last year as an example for other reporters by the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University.
Business reporter Bill Roberts, who has since moved to the education beat, also won two first places - one for a feature on what Idaho Commerce Director Jeff Sayer learned when he sought bankruptcy protection, and one for a package of stories on Canyon County's seed industry and other agricultural sectors.
Artist Patrick Davis won first place in graphics for morphing a map of Idaho into a handgun for "Our Second Amendment Industry" in BI. The Statesman staff, including the business team, won first place in spot (breaking) news for coverage of Micron Chairman Steve Appleton's death in a plane crash.
Congratulations to these journalists and other Statesman winners.
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