The Seattle Times was named a winner for investigative reporting triggered by breaking news by Investigative Reporters and Editors for its work in uncovering negligence and cover-ups following a deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. Stanford Journalism Program Hearst Professional-In-Residence Cheryl Phillips — previously data innovation editor at The Seattle Times — was involved in the breaking news coverage of the slide, which killed 43 people. Phillips helped with coordinating the collection of key information on victims, editing and working on interactive maps that showed the scope of the devastation.

Cheryl Phillips is a Hearst Professional In Residence in the Stanford Journalism Program.

Cheryl Phillips

“The Oso story was heartbreaking, but I was glad to be a part of a newsroom that told this story with care and on every platform that made sense,” Phillips said. “Now, I am excited to be part of teaching those same skills to students here at Stanford.”

In its quick investigatory follow-up, “The Seattle Times revealed how there had been a litany of warnings, going back seven decades,” the IRE judges wrote. “…Reporting that would have taken others months produced five deep stories in just days. The state has adopted new rules for timber companies and procedures for evaluating unstable slopes.”

At Stanford, Phillips is currently teaching an interdisciplinary investigative reporting course on “becoming a watchdog.”

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Follow Cheryl Phillips on Twitter: @cephillips