Interactive multimedia journalism’s potential is not in how it dazzles us…The real power…is that it allows the user to drill down…It provides transparency…This work does those things; the CPI/NPR team have shown us the value of great partners sharing expertise to fix our planet.

Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute (2011)

Keith Epstein’s series, “Breaking Ranks,” examined the outlandish cost and minimal return to the American taxpayer of a service academy education in a manner the judges found to be compelling, well-documented and illustrated.

White House Correspondents Association award (1990)

BusinessWeek has finally done the story I have been waiting all year to see — an in-depth analysis of insurance company efforts to influence the outcome of health reform … BusinessWeek’s story goes far beyond lists of campaign cash which insurers and other big, important stakeholders have lavished on elected representatives. Instead it gets to the nitty gritty of influence peddling that shows why insurance companies will rule once again.

Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review (2009)

The series was classic investigative work that took faceless information and personalized it and gave a texture of details. A fascinating and horrifying account of drug experimentation, written crisply and with real compassion for the subjects, who we have to care about. Readers wouldn’t be able to put this down, or soon forget it.

Society of Professional Journalists (1997)

While…news organizations have swarmed into Indiana to glean any detail about [VP candidate Dan] Quayle’s background, The Plain Dealer has broken three stories that have brought the paper international attention. [Bill] Sloat and Washington colleague Keith Epstein have scooped the news hordes. Indiana National Guard units were filled when Quayle joined…[Quayle] entered law school under a program to advance minorities…[He also] inflated his background on his resume.

Eleanor Randolph, The Washington Post (1988)

Keith Epstein’s report…led the Department of Defense to improve its position [on] protection [of] human subjects. At a [conference of research overseers] in 1997, he spoke about how investigative reporters serve a valuable function when…there may be road blocks or danger for the parties involved to directly confront this problem. [Until then] many of us in the biomedical community viewed reporters with a high degree of suspicion.

Arthur Anderson, MD, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (2008)

The Plain Dealer uncovered a number of disturbing cases — very disturbing cases as a matter of fact — where people were unaware they were involved in research. The series raises very serious questions about the adequacy of our current system of protecting human research subjects.

Senator John Glenn, introducing Human Subjects Protection Act (1997)

In an impressive feat of anticipatory journalism, Keith Epstein of The Cleveland Plain Dealer used NTSB reports, court records, cockpit recordings, and other sources to examine delays in (improving) airline safety. He showed how minutes before takeoff a flight…had ice on its wings. But there was pressure to take off on time and no regulator absolutely required a final de-icing.

Steve Weinberg, Reporter's Handbook: Investigative Documents & Techniques (1995)

More frightening to read than a modern techno-thriller novel, BusinessWeek’s real-life series of stories on the growing cyber-war between East and West rivets the reader with dozens of breaches in American security networks.

Investigative Reporters & Editors (2008)

Amid the furor over subprime mortgages, Business Week dove into the proliferation of subprime credit – the business of extending auto loans, credit cards and other financing to low-income borrowers. A provocative, comprehensive piece.

Society of American Business Editors (2007)

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