The First Epidemic
 

Reporting on Lyme disease by Mary Beth Pfeiffer

 
 

Major installments in Poughkeepsie Journal series,

“No Small Thing,” 2012-2015 

May 31, 2015:

Investigation: Patients' voices stifled.

 

Sept. 15, 2013:

Doctors Bucking Lyme Protocols

 

May 19, 2013:

Chronic Lyme disease: Is it real?

 

December 23, 2012:

Babesiosis and the blood supply: Tiny tick, big threat

 

December 24, 2012:

The next tick scourge

 

October 21, 2012: 

Flunking the Lyme disease test: Dicey path to Lyme diagnosis.

 

August 19, 2012:

Lyme disease: Antibiotics Fuel Debate. 

 

 
 

Awards

2016

New York State Associated Press: First Place, Public Service: Lyme disease investigation

Judge's comments: “This series — by far the most in-depth with dozens of stories, a public forum and a gorgeous and enlightening special section — is the clear winner. It covers the scourge of Lyme Disease … and also tackles bad medicine and ignorance as key elements of a larger medical health issue. Excellent work all-around . . . This newspaper has truly served its public.” 

2015

New York News Publishers Association, First Place Community Service Lyme disease coverage
For the Poughkeepsie Journal, which prompted passage of state law to protect doctors who treat Lyme disease

2014

New York News Publishers Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.

2014

New York News Publishers Association,  First Place, Community Service: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.

2014

New York State Associated Press: First Place, Continuing Coverage: Lyme disease investigation. 

2013

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, First Place, Investigative Reporting: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.Judges comments: "Excellent series, exhaustively reported. Great example of explanatory journalism on a matter of public health concern using both well-chosen expert sources and ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances.”

2013

New York City Society of the Silurians, First Place, Community Service: “No Small Thing,” investigation of Lyme disease.