2019 Investigative Reporting (Larger Staff) Finalist: Lisa Gartner

Lisa Gartner | The Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Entry

Over the course of six months, Lisa Gartner interviewed dozens of former teachers and students, reviewed lawsuits, analyzed documents and obtained secret memos to uncover the physical abuse happening at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious reform school.

Comments from the Judges

“This is investigative reporting at its best. Gartner balances documents and interviews perfectly in her pieces to create a detail-rich portrait of life at Glen Mills. Her reporting is dogged…The way she meticulously questions official claims bit by bit is sheer perfection.”

“A real standout. This beautifully written piece reveals systemic failures at every level and prompted tangible change.”