Brooke Williams

Award-winning reporter Brooke Williams joins NECIR

Award-winning reporter Brooke Williams, an investigative journalist specializing in data-driven reporting and storytelling to hold the powerful accountable, is joining the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) as a senior investigative reporter and senior trainer. Her investigations have been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and online publications, as well as on radio and television.

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NECIR reporter awarded $15,000 to investigate genetic tests; previous work national award finalist

 

NECIR reporter Beth Daley’s examination into examinations of unregulated medical tests – for everything from cancer to Lyme disease to prenatal genetic defects – and how they are establishing a foothold in the medical system is being honored by two prestigious journalism organizations. The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism recently awarded Daley a $15,000 McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism. And the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) announced March 2 that she is a finalist in its 2014 Best in Business competition, which recognizes outstanding business stories. The McGraw funding will support Daley in her ongoing examination of the increasing use of genetic diagnostic tests, their costs and the medical industry’s role in promoting them. Her examination of laboratory-developed tests has, so far, helped spur a Congressional call for the FDA to regulate the tests, and it sparked a warning from a national society of high-risk obstetricians to doctors and patients not to place too much faith in the accuracy of positive prenatal blood test results because they have caused some women to inadvertently abort healthy fetuses.

President Barack Obama's signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010

Affordable Care Act webinar

In June, NECIR hosted an investigative reporting workshop funded by the McCormick Foundation. Over twenty journalists from across the country came to Boston to learn how to conduct investigations surrounding the Affordable Care Act.