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New York Times wins three Pulitzers for health stories

UPDATE 04-13-10: A recent profile of winner and Stanford alumna Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, can be found here.

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The 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this afternoon, and several medical/health stories were among the honorees. From the New York Times' Media Decoder:

Sheri Fink won in the investigative category, for a joint project of ProPublica and The New York Times, for her extraordinarily detailed reconstruction of what had been described as euthanasia by doctors at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans, after they were stranded by Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Fink, a doctor, is a staff writer for ProPublica, and the article was published in The New York Times Magazine.

Michael Moss and members of The Times staff won in the explanatory category, for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat, and Matt Richtel and members of The Times staff won for his series, “Driven to Distraction,” about the potentially fatal threat posed by drivers who indulge in texting and other electronic distractions.

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