The New York Times’ David Barstow and Reuters’ Brian Grow are the co-winners of Talking Biz News Business Journalist of the Year contest.
The award highlights journalists who produced standout investigative business journalism coverage and this year’s honorees – Barstow and Grow – certainly fit the bill.
Barstow’s dogged coverage of Wal-Mart this year for the Times, which included a piece on Mexican executives using bribery payments totaling more than $24 million to obtain zoning rulings and construction permits, earned the veteran reporter the honor. Through a series of stories, Grow and his colleagues at Reuters tackled an investigation into Chesapeake Energy. The first story in the series examined shell companies controlled by Chesapeake.
In the announcement for the award Talking Biz News’ Chris Roush wrote: “To use sports metaphors, Barstow’s coverage has been a grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth inning while Grow’s coverage has been a series of game-winning three-pointers at the buzzer.”
Past winners of the award include Joseph Weisenthal of The Business Insider in 2011 and Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times in 2010.
Both Barstow and Grow are also recipients of Reynolds’ Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism. Barstow grabbed the 2012 gold award for his story “Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart after Top-Level Struggle.” Grow won the gold 2008 Barlett & Steele Award with BusinessWeek colleagues Robert Berner, Keith Epstein and Geri Smith for “Prisoners of Debt,” which revealed how large financial firms regularly collaborate with doctors and hospitals to turn unpaid medical bills into high-interest consumer debt.