The Washington Post and CBS News’ “60 Minutes” have received the 2018 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism for their joint investigation exposing how the drug industry triumphed over the DEA in its effort to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. The prize recognizes two broadcasts: “The Whistleblower” & “Too Big to Prosecute” and the team involved in the reporting which includes CBS News’ Bill Whitaker, Ira Rosen, Sam Hornblower and Robert Zimet and The Post’s Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein.
The Hillman Foundation writes:
The impact of the broadcast was immediate. Within two days, Trump’s nominee for Drug Czar, Congressman Tom Marino, who was the chief sponsor of the law, withdrew his nomination. 41 State Attorneys General and the Attorney General of the United States declared that enforcement legislation should be rewritten to ensure the drug industry could be held accountable. The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings to review the laws protecting distributors. And the House Energy and Commerce Committee launched an investigation into the drug industry culprits of “opioid dumping.”
The details uncovered in the broadcast were damning and explosive. These reporters told an important story of how the government is failing to protect citizens from money driven drug companies pushing pills that are claiming a record number of American lives.