Press: Old-Fashioned Pickax Journalism

Pulitzer gold for the Denver POST and others

During her first month on the job last year, Denver Post Reporter Diana Griego, then 25, was assigned a feature story on a local dentist who implanted coded microdots in the teeth of children whose parents feared they might be kidnaped. "I wondered," Griego recalls, "Is this really necessary?" She knew that some experts claimed that 1.5 million children vanished every year, 50,000 kidnaped by strangers. But when Griego called the FBI and several private groups, she discovered that no one could back up the alarming numbers. After turning in her microdots story, Griego told her editor she wanted to dig...

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