The Associated Press gave its Beat of the Week award to News Media Guild member Garance Burke for her story about the treatment of female veterans in the troubled Department of Veteran Affairs.
Burke received the weekly $500 award for her story. The AP said editors assigned Burke, a member of the U.S. investigative team based in San Francisco, to look for new angles on a much-reported story.
She found that the VA was neglecting female-specific medical needs even though the VA has spent more than $1.3 billion since 2008 to address gender specific shortcomings.
Issues included a lack of staff gynecologists and designated women’s health care providers, along with delays in reporting mammogram results.
The Guild congratulates Burke on her award and her appointment to the investigative team.