USGlass magazine’s article, “Millions Spent, Nothing Gained,” written by contributing editor Tara Taffera, has been named a finalist in the prestigious American Business Media’s (ABM) 56th Annual Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards (Neal Awards).

Taffera’s article, “Millions Spent, Nothing Gained,” appeared in the April 2009 issue of USGlass and was one of 700 entries submitted for the ABM’s Neal Awards. Of those 700 entries, only 124 were selected as finalists; Taffera’s article was one of just three to rank in the finals for the Best Single Article category for publications that have less than $3 million in gross advertising/circulation revenue.

Taffera’s investigative report detailed how, despite the fact that design work for One World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) had been done by multiple North American glazing suppliers, the glass selected ultimately was outsourced to foreign companies.

“We are thrilled beyond words to be a finalist in the Neal competition—long known as the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ of business-to-business journalism,” says Key Communications president Debra Levy. “Tara Taffera did an incredible job of investigative journalism to shine a light on a very sensitive subject. The report resulted in stories in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and ABC News, among others. It also led to a call by one U.S. Senator for a congressional investigation and, just this week, was cited in the case being argued about glass tariffs. We have always believed in the importance of fair, accurate and unbiased journalism and it’s nice to see these efforts recognized.”

“We’re extremely proud of the recognition that Tara and USGlass have received for this important feature,” adds Megan Headley, editor of USGlass magazine. “And while this recognition from our peers in the publishing industry is very gratifying indeed, it is made even more so by the flood of feedback we received from our readers on the value of this article.”

“It is an honor for our magazine to be recognized in this way,” says Taffera. “Our staff does a great job every day to bring stories of importance to our readers. That often means digging deep into stories others don’t want to tell and our readers compliment all of our editors for those efforts. It is nice to be recognized for this by an organization such as ABM.”

Award recipients, including the Grand Neal winner, will be unveiled and honored during the Neal Awards luncheon on March 11 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.


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