Tampa Bay Times staff writers William R. Levesque, Nathaniel Lash and Anthony Cormier are finalists in the investigative category for their coverage of "Allegiant Air" in the 60th Anniversary Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. The finalists were announced Thursday morning by Judy D. Olian, chairman of the G. and R. Loeb Foundation Inc. and dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. The Gerald Loeb winners in various categories will be announced in a ceremony June 27 in New York.
The Allegiant investigative project headlined "Breakdown at 30,000 feet" appeared Nov. 2, 2016 in the Times. It chronicled — using a first-of-its kind analysis of federal aviation records — how budget carrier Allegiant Airlines' planes are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major U.S. airlines.
Four other journalism efforts are included as finalists in the investigative category. They are stories in the Chicago Tribune headlined "Dangerous Doses"; the Los Angeles Times headlined "Investigating OxyContin"; ProPublica headlined "Busted" and The Washington Post headlined "Trump's Charity."