Press Release: Pennsylvania Journalists Win PICPA's Truth in Finances Award

PHILADELPHIA-Three Pennsylvania journalists have won the Truth in Finances Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). The award was created by PICPA's Forensic and Litigation Services Committee to honor excellent, balanced reporting that clarifies financial issues, uncovers financial fraud, or exposes fraudulent activities that harm the financial well being of individuals, communities, or companies.

The award recognized journalists from three categories. Tracy Davidson and producer Alexis Leonard of NBC 10 Philadelphia WCAU won the Television/Radio category for their report "Gas Inspections: Getting Nailed at the Pump." Christopher Mondics of The Philadelphia Inquirer won the Large Newspaper (newspapers with circulation of 49,000 or more) category for his piece "Targeting Elderly, Many Not Caught." Howard Frank of the Pocono Record won the Small Newspaper (newspapers with circulation of fewer than 49,000) category for his piece "$1,000+ a Week in Overtime." Judges included communications professionals, professors, editors, and members of the Forensic and Litigation Services Committee.

"We initiated this award because it is so critical for consumers to understand basic financial issues that affect them personally, or the community in which they live," said Lisa Myers, CPA, chair of the Truth in Finances Award program. "As a first-year program we were please with the quantity and quality of the entries. We're looking forward to next year's submissions."

Winners will be honored Nov. 11 at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Newspaper of the Year brunch as PICPA's guests. Winners will also receive a $500 prize and a certificate.

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For more information about PICPA's Truth in Finances Award, visit www.picpa.org/reporteraward or contact Maureen Renzi, Vice President of Communications, at (215) 972-6185 or mrenzi@picpa.org.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional association of more than 20,000 CPAs who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest state CPA organization in the United States. To find a member in your area, visit our website at www.picpa.org and click on Find a CPA.