Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine

Pulitzer Prize-winning series on coal miners’ black-lung claims available in RJI Digital Newsbooks

Chris Hamby

Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., today won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his three-part series, “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine.”

According to the Pulitzer citation, Hamby won “for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.”

Hamby received his master’s degree in 2010 from the Missouri School of Journalism.

The digital newsbook version of Hamby’s series is available in the RJI Digital Newsbook catalog.

“We have produced 16 digital newsbooks for the Center for Public Integrity and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists since 2009,” said Roger Fidler, RJI program director for digital publishing. 

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