Bloomberg News Wins IRE’s Tom Renner Award 

Bloomberg News has won the Investigative Reporters & Editors Tom Renner Award for “America, Global Gun Pusher,” an investigative series on US commercial gun exports. The award recognized Bloomberg journalists Michael Riley, David Kocieniewski, Jessica Brice, Monte Reel, Eric Fan, Natalie Obiko Pearson, Michael Smith and Chris Cannon.

The judges commented: “This international investigation revealed the U.S. government profits from and promotes the sale of American guns around the world, threatening political stability in emerging democracies, fueling gang violence and undermining its own stated foreign policy. After its publication, the Biden administration halted the export of most guns for 90 days and ordered a review of the government’s support of the U.S. gun industry. The team spent a year accumulating and deciphering data from a number of countries, including confidential case files from Latin America. This series incorporated especially striking informational graphics and network-quality video in addition to clear, vivid storytelling to keep the judges absorbed from beginning to end.”

The IRE Awards recognize outstanding watchdog journalism.

The full list of 2023 IRE Awards winners and finalists can be found here.