Bogdanich, Freedman receive special Loebs

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The 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in the Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism is Walt Bogdanich, assistant investigative editor at The New York Times, according to an announcement on Monday.

This annual award recognizes an individual whose career exemplifies the consistent and superior insight and professional skills necessary to further the understanding of business, financial and economic issues.

Bogdanich became the investigations editor for the business and finance desk of The Times in January 2001. He was named an assistant editor for the paper’s newly expanded Investigative Desk in 2003.

Before joining The Times in 2001, he was an investigative producer for “60 Minutes” on CBS and before that for ABC News. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. He has also worked for The Cleveland Press and The Plain Dealer.

Alix Freedman, deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, will receive the 2010 Lawrence Minard Editor Award, named in memory of Laury Minard, founding editor of Forbes Global and a former final judge for the Loeb Awards.

This award honors excellence in business, financial and economic journalism editing and recognizes an editor whose work does not receive a byline or whose face does not appear on the air for the work covered.

Freedman is charged with spurring the Journal’s efforts to maintain and extend the paper’s unparalleled reputation for accuracy and fairness. She also oversees the final reading of Page One and other high-profile stories, and assures that complaints about Journal content are met with prompt and thorough responses.

Prior to assuming her current position in December 2005, she was an assistant managing editor, beginning in December 2004.  Freedman was a senior editor from 2002 to 2004. Before that, she was the Journal’s investigative projects editor from 1999 to 2002.