Education Inc., a series about abuses at for-profit colleges that led to a government crackdown, was a 2011 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. It also won the George Polk Award for Education Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Beat Reporting and a Grand Prize from the Education Writers Association. One of three co-authors.
Indentured Students, a series revealing predatory behavior in the financing of higher education, won the 2012 George Polk Award for National Reporting. Co-author.
Broken Pledges, a series about deaths at fraternities, won the 2014 Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education. Co-author.
Deadliest Frat's Icy Torture of Pledges Evokes Tarantino Films
The series Charter Schools, Broken Promises won the 2011 first-place beat reporting award from the Education Writers Association
In his 2008 book, Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity, author Michael Lewis included the page-one piece below about dubious real estate appraisals as one of best articles before the financial crisis.