Government Investment Series Wins Loeb Award

From a Times Staff Writer

An investigative series on the Cuyahoga, Ohio, county treasurer’s questionable investments of public funds won the 1995 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the large-newspaper category. The series was written by Joel Rutchick and Timothy Heider of the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer.

The late Leonard Silk, longtime columnist and editorial writer for the New York Times and considered the father of modern economics reporting, was honored with the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award.

The prestigious Loeb Awards, named after the late journalist Gerald Loeb, are administered by the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Winners were announced Monday. Other winners of the awards are:

* Medium-size newspapers: Peter Nicholas, Susan Finch, Mark Schleifstein and team for a story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune entitled “Stacking the Deck: The Birth of Louisiana Gambling.”

* Small newspapers: Jim Lynch and Karen Dorn Steele of the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., for “Wasteland.”


* Magazines: Phillip Longman, writing for Florida Trend on “The Politics of Wind.”

* Commentary: Jane Bryant Quinn, columnist for Newsweek magazine.

* Deadline / Beat writing: Michael Siconolfi and Laura Jereski of the Wall Street Journal for their coverage of the collapse of Kidder, Peabody.

A prize of $1,000 is given in each of the writing categories.