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[1998 · Dayton Daily News • National Reporting]

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REPORTERS EXPOSED MILITARY HEALTH CARE ABUSES

In 1997, the military health facilities could be considered just as deadly as war. Military hospitals were employing doctors who hadn’t passed their medical board exams and some who had their license revoked.

Russell Carollo and Jeff Nesmith were both reporters at the Dayton Daily News when they investigated the inner workings of military health facilities and corruption. Taking on the US military was a formidable task and the Dayton Daily News interviewed more than 200 people and analyzed countless government records.

They found that most doctors and nurses at military hospitals were underqualified or legally should no longer be practicing medicine.

These findings led to the U.S. Department of Defense investigating military medical facilities and earned The Dayton Daily News the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting in 1998.

Both Carollo and Nesmith also were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 at The Dayton Daily News for reporting on how the military was handling sexual misconduct cases.

Carollo graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a history degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. He’s worked at a variety of publications, and he is currently a freelance writer who specializes in the Freedom of Information Act and public records.  

Nesmith graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism and started out as a high school English teacher. Nesmith began his writing career in the obituaries section of the Atlanta Constitution and went on to cover police, city government and state politics before moving to investigative reporting. He has also worked for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin as an investigative reporter before writing for the Dayton Daily News.

by Marissa Barenbrugge 

Russell Carollo and Jeff Nesmith

PULITZER ENTRY MATERIALS:

The National Reporting piece written and reported by Carollo and Nesmith was published in eight segments in The Dayton Daily News.

MORE INFORMATION:

In Russell Carollo’s career, he deals a lot with submitting Freedom of Information Act requests for his stories. In 2006, he did an interview with the Reporters Committee in which he talked about the process of submitting FOIA requests and gave some helpful tips.