National Headliner Award for Komisar story on Stanford

By Lucy Komisar
March 23, 2010

I’ve been awarded a National Headliner Award for the story on Ponzi-schemer Allen Stanford I took to the Miami Herald last year. It exposed how the Florida Banking Department ignored the strong advice of its own lawyer and allowed Stanford to set up an unregulated office to move money offshore.


The Herald assigned its reporters Mike Sallah and Rob Barry to work with me and dig deeper into local aspects of the story. We were given the Business News second place prize. The Headliners, among the most established national journalism honors, are administered by The Press Club of Atlantic City.

This story, by the way, was turned down by major print and on-line media. And once it was published, the major national media never picked it up. So much for the state of investigative reporting.

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10 Responses to "National Headliner Award for Komisar story on Stanford"

  1. John Clark   Mar 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Well done, Lucy. Congratulations. I know how it feels not to be noticed. Then to get this, terrific.

  2. Jan   Mar 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm


  3. Harold Manning   Mar 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Congratulations Lucy Komisar,
    I always enjoy reading your news stories. I have learned a lot about tax evasion and the Banking industry from your insightful reporting. Keep up the good work.

  4. Dom-do-little   Mar 24, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I have been a big fan of Lucy for many years…

    It’s so great that you got the National Headliner Award !

    Keep up the good job,

    We surely need people like you to enlighten us in those times of darkness.

    Well done and all the best. Dom.

  5. Maureen Martin   Mar 24, 2010 at 5:48 am


  6. Novista   Mar 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Wonderful news, Lucy.

    Keep up the good work.

  7. Mikael   Mar 25, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Like Dom-do-little, I have also been a big fan of Lucy for many years… Congratulations!

  8. Madelyn Miller, the Travellady   Mar 25, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Wow. This is wonderful. (but not surprising knowing how tenacious you are.)
    It is scary to think how long this might have gone on without you.

    I wish you had been suspicious of Bernie Madoff.

  9.   Mar 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations, Lucy! We always enjoy reading your articles.

  10. Barbara Garson   Apr 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations Lucy. I second Madelyn Miller. But they probably would have rejected it at other papers if you’d gone after Madoff in advance. Best Barbara Garson


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