2017 Investigative Reporting for Magazines/Weeklies Finalist: ESPN The Magazine

Peter Keating, Christopher A. Buckle and Jason Schwartz | ESPN

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ESPN probes deeply into for-profit Forest Trail University, which promised to be a “sports-focused” postsecondary institution but instead left its student athletes without adequate housing, facilities, supervision or food.

Comments from the Judges

“This is a well-told and well-documented story that I had not seen elsewhere on a for-profit college that preyed on the dreams of student athletes and their parents. This story stands out for its fine and varied quotes, its telling details and polished narrative.”

“A haunting story that is full of heartbreaking details. Kudos to the author for drawing on internal emails and public records to present a rigorous case study.”