Awards

American Business Media’s Jesse H. Neal Awards


Best single article, finalist, 2006/2007
For “L.A. Confidential,” the story of how Tom Rubin stole $35 million from Sears and Universal Studios, and got two Congressmen to help him.

Best department, finalist, 2005/2006
For “The Tracker,” a regular column on TV product placement.

Best subject-related series of articles, 1st Place, 2004/2005
For “Taken for a Ride,” a series that examined corruption and kickback schemes in the advertising business

New Jersey Press Association


First Amendment Award, 1st place, 2003
For a series of stories triggering a lawsuit that successfully released sealed transcripts in the trial of a Sept. 11 suspect.

Enterprise Reporting, 2nd place, 2003
For a story exposing a secret plan by New Jersey to grant nine “domestic security” judges unparalleled power in the event of a disaster, emergency, or terrorist attack.

The Art Weissman Memorial Award for the Coverage of Government, 3rd place, 2003
For a story exposing how one mayor of a New Jersey town bribed another mayor to obtain a no-bid lobbying contract.

The Lloyd P. Burns Award for Public Service, 1st place, 2002
For a series on the secret detention of immigrants in the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks.

First Amendment Award, 1st place, 2002
For a lawsuit, triggered by my reporting, seeking press access to secret hearings for Sept. 11 suspects.

Enterprise Reporting, 1st place, 2002
For a story on an ethics scandal at a public defender’s office which prompted a secret investigation into the top lawyer at that office.

Business Writing, 2nd place, 2002
For a story on Generation X managers who are increasingly being accused of age discrimination by baby-boomer workers.

N.J. Society of Professional Journalists


Feature Writing, 3rd place, 2003
For a story about a Sept. 11 detainee who successfully concealed his birthplace for so long that authorities, unable to deport him, were forced to release him.

Investigative Reporting, 1st place, 2002
For a series of stories on the secret detention of immigrants in the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Feature Writing, 2nd place, 2002
For a story on the incorporation of Islamic Law into the New Jersey state court system.

Business Writing, 2nd place, 2002
For a story on Generation X managers who are increasingly being accused of age discrimination by baby-boomer workers.

Enterprise Reporting, 2nd Place, 2002
For a story on how Gov. McGreevey’s office claimed it wanted to restrict public access to information to guard against terrorism when its unspoken concern was to guard against legal bills.