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As part of its Supplement Shell Game investigation, USA TODAY traveled to Mexico in search of Riger Natural, the company listed on bottles of these Reumofan dietary supplement pills. The pills were linked to cases of liver injury, strokes and other serious health problems among U.S. consumers. Riger Natural, the newspaper revealed, is a "ghost" firm that uses fictitious addresses and may not even exist. / Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

Investigations by USA TODAY reporters examining makers of risky dietary supplements and the mismanagement of nursing home residents' trust funds will be honored Wednesday evening with awards from the National Press Club.

The club's consumer journalism award for newspapers will be given to "Supplement Shell Game," an investigation of the people and companies behind risky dietary supplements. USA TODAY reporter Alison Young revealed that a wide array of supplement companies selling products spiked with hidden pharmaceuticals are headed by executives with criminal backgrounds and run-ins with regulators. The Supplement Shell Game series is online at supplements.usatoday.com.

USA TODAY reporter Peter Eisler will receive the Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics for "Nursing Homes' Broken Trusts." The investigation found that thousands of residents of U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care institutions have had their personal savings raided or mismanaged after relying on the facilities to safeguard the money in special trust fund accounts.

Other winners:

Breaking News - Print: The Washington Post for coverage of the September 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

Consumer Journalism - Periodicals: "Breathless and Burdened" by The Center for Public Integrity/ABC News.

Consumer Journalism - Broadcast: KNTV in San Francisco for an investigation of Sysco Corp. storage units.

Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award: "The Lobotomy Files" by The Wall Street Journal.

Edwin Hood Diplomatic Award - Print: Wall Street Journal reporter Adam Entous for "Great Power Failure: How U.S. Missteps in Syria Changed the Middle East."

Broadcast: GlobalPost's Patrick Winn (reporter) and Jonah Kessel (videographer) for "Myanmar Emerges: Promise & Peril."

Washington Regional Reporting: Katherine Skiba of the Chicago Tribune.

Rowse Press Criticism: Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post.

Newsletter Journalism: Jen Judson for a report on the elimination of Kiowas helicopters for Inside the Army.

Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award: Ted Genoways of Mother Jones for an examination of "ag-gag" laws.

Angele Gingras Humor Award: Tim Murphy of Mother Jones.

Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism: Ted Mann of The Wall Street Journal, for a series of stories on the New Jersey bridge scandal.

Michael A. Dornheim Award: Sara Sorcher of National Journal for stories that explored defense procurement, civil applications of unmanned aerial vehicles, federal budgeting and congressional oversight.

Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis: Molly Ball of The Atlantic for coverage of the Republican Party's internal struggles after the 2012 elections.

The National Press Club also will give special recognition to Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and reporter Kathy Gannon, who are being honored with the National Press Club's President's Award. Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan, and Gannon was wounded when an Afghan police commander opened fire on them.

Also being honored at the dinner with John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards will be Joseph Hosey, of Patch.com in Illinois, for fighting pressure to disclose the identity of a confidential source, and a Bahraini freelance photographer, Ahmed Humaidan, who was sentenced to a decade in jail.



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