Times is hon­ored for Mexico se­ries

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Tif­fany Hsu tif­fany. hsu@ latimes. com

The Los An­ge­les Times won a Gerald Loeb award for its cov­er­age of work­ers’ liv­ing con­di­tions in Mexico’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Re­porter Richard Marosi and pho­tog­ra­pher Don Bartletti were rec­og­nized for their work on the four- part “Prod­uct of Mexico” se­ries at a cer­e­mony Tues­day night in New York City.

The Loeb awards, which have been pre­sented by the UCLA An­der­son School of Man­age­ment since 1973, are given to busi­ness and f inan­cial jour­nal­ists. The awards were es­tab­lished in 1957 by Gerald Loeb, a found­ing part­ner of Wall Street bro­ker­age firm E. F. Hut­ton & Co.

“Prod­uct of Mexico” won in the in­ter­na­tional cat­e­gory. The Los An­ge­les Times was a f in­al­ist in the break­ing news cat­e­gory for its cov­er­age of the Vir­gin Galac­tic space­ship crash in Oc­to­ber as well as in the com­men­tary cat­e­gory for colum­nist Michael Hiltzik’s work.

For “Prod­uct of Mexico,” Marosi and Bartletti spent 18 months trav­el­ing to 30 la­bor camps in nine Mex­i­can states. Their in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that, at the mega- farms pro­duc­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles ex­ported to the U. S., thou­sands of farmhands are be­ing ex­ploited.

Other Loeb win­ners Tues­day in­cluded the New York Times for beat re­port­ing, im­ages and vi­su­als; the Wall Street Jour­nal for break­ing news re­port­ing and in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing; ProPublica for com­men­tary; the Chicago Tri­bune for ex­plana­tory re­port­ing; Mother Jones for fea­ture re­port­ing; the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune for lo­cal re­port­ing; the Detroit Free Press for per­sonal f inance re­port­ing; and KNTV in video and au­dio.

Re­becca Blu­men­stein of the Wall Street Jour­nal won the Lawrence Mi­nard edit­ing award and James Grant of Grant’s In­ter­est Rate Ob­server won the Life­time Achieve­ment award.

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