Last year, McClatchy, The Kansas City Star’s parent company, honored the paper for its working covering the destructive Joplin tornado. This year, The Star’s Mike McGraw and Alan Bavley have been awarded the company’s President’s Award for journalism excellence for their year-long probe into the beef industry, exposing long-held practices that can be dangerous to consumers.
A McClatchy press release says this about the project:
The Star’s 12-month review of the region’s beef industry delivered startling revelations with an exquisitely written project that was also a triumph in print and online presentation. The stories confronted growing and dangerous trends in meat production, raised questions about the spread of hormones into the environment and probed the way the industry is lobbying the government. The series has a book-like depth and quality, along with a presentation that urges the reader along with terrific photography, graphics and presentation. “This is one of the most exhaustive and important pieces of journalism any of us has seen this year,” the judges said.