CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh are a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series of stories on the large profits generated by some North Carolina nonprofit hospitals.
The Pulitzer foundation said Monday that Ames Alexander and Karen Garloch from Charlotte and Joseph Neff and David Raynor from Raleigh were one of three finalists for the prize for local reporting.
The newspapers (http://bit.ly/17C6d98) worked for 18 months on a series of stories called "Prognosis: Profits." The reports detailed the large profits and big salaries paid by nonprofit hospitals and how that raised health care costs for everyone. They also detailed how those hospitals founded to help the poor often sue patients delinquent on their bills.
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