Larry Birger Award Winner Mina KimesThe Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) announced Mina Kimes, an enterprise investigative reporter for Bloomberg News, as the inaugural winner of the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, an award honoring journalists under the age of 30. The announcement was made during the organization’s 51st annual conference, which took place in Phoenix.

The Larry Birger Award recognizes the nation’s top young business journalist, up to the age of 30. Kimes was selected because of her stellar work over her seven-year career, including her investigative pieces at both Bloomberg News and Fortune on abuse in the medical industry and the exploitation of subordinates for profit in large American corporations.

Four finalists were also chosen:

    • Chris Kirkham, projects reporter for the Huffington Post
    • Sean Sposito, reporter and data journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    • Max Abelson, Wall Street reporter for Bloomberg News
    • Kristen Painter, airline and aerospace reporter for the Denver Post
Made possible by a $5,000 gift from rbb Public Relations of Miami, Fla., the award commemorates Birger, a former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977.  Birger was later a principal in rbb until his death in 1998.
Kimes joined Bloomberg in 2013, after eight years at Fortune magazine, first working for its Small Business publication before moving to Fortune. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where she studied English.
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