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Stephen K. Doig

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Stephen K. Doig is a California Watch contributor. At Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications Doig serves as the Knight Chair in Journalism specializing in computer-assisted reporting. The chair was created with a $1.5 million endowment given to the Cronkite School by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Doig joined the Arizona State University faculty in 1996 after a 23-year career as a newspaper journalist, including 19 years at the Miami Herald. There, he served variously as research editor, pollster, science editor, columnist, federal courts reporter, state capital bureau chief, education reporter and aviation writer. Investigative projects on which he worked at the Miami Herald won several major journalism prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1993 for "What Went Wrong" an analysis of the damage patterns from Hurricane Andrew that showed how weakened building codes and poor construction practices contributed to the extent of the disaster.

Recent Spotlight Articles

Precision journalism reveals patterns in government data
Stephen K. Doig’s specialty is the analysis of large government datasets, a technique called precision journalism, which uses software to reveal patterns.
Heart failure cases surge among Prime hospital’s Medicare patients
For three years, a small hospital east of Los Angeles has billed Medicare for the costs of confronting what appears to be a cardiac crisis of unprecedented dimension. Chino Valley Medical Center claimed 35.2 percent of its Medicare patients were suffering from acute heart failure – six times the state average.
How we calculated hospitals’ heart failure rates
Acute heart failure is a growing problem among seniors. California Watch reporters explain how state data was analyzed.
Prime Healthcare's treatment of rare ailments stands out
Prime Healthcare Services bills Medicare for a variety of unusual ailments – among them a brain disease and a condition causing eyes to bleed – that can generate lucrative payments to the chain.
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