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Gottlieb, Vives are finalists for investigative award

February 9, 2011 |  4:33 pm

Times reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives are among six finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, for their work uncovering the salary scandal in Bell.

The finalists were announced Tuesday by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The winner will be announced March 7.

The Shorenstein Center noted that the Times investigation "exposed widespread corruption in the tiny city of Bell, leading to multiple investigations, eight arrests, multimillion-dollar refunds for taxpayers and greater transparency about government salaries across California."

The other finalists are:

Marshall Allen and Alex Richards, Las Vegas Sun
“Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas”

Laura Sullivan and Steven Drummond, National Public Radio
“Behind the Bail Bond System”

Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein, ProPublica; Adam Davidson, National Public Radio; Ira Glass and Alex Blumberg, Chicago Public Radio
“Betting Against the American Dream – The Wall Street Money Machine”

Karen de Sa, San Jose Mercury News
“Sponsored Bills in Sacramento”

Dana Priest and William Arkin, The Washington Post
“Top Secret America”