Mint's Teena Thacker has been selected by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism as the winner of the 2019 Citi Journalistic Excellence Awards.
Thacker won this award for her long story in Mint on Johnson and Johnson (J&J's) faulty hip implants in India. In the article titled How Johnson & Johnson is scooting from the hip, Thacker examined in detail the battle for compensation by Indian patients.
There has been a barrage of media coverage on the issue since her story was published, leading to the award of a first-ever compensation formula for Indian patients.
The Citi Journalistic Excellence Award (CJEA) began in 1982 as a way to recognize journalists for excellence in financial and business reporting. This programme is sponsored by Citi and administered by Columbia Journalism School.
Thacker was picked as the winner from India by a jury of eminent personalities from the field of journalism, academics and finance. She joins nearly two dozen journalists from 20 countries for an eight-day seminar in New York on business reporting.
Thacker is deputy editor at Mint. She has been covering pharmaceuticals and health as part of Mint’s corporate bureau.
Thacker has been a journalist for over 16 years and has had stints with Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle, and Asian Age.
Trained to be an educator for young children, Thacker changed course by joining journalism school in the early 2000s.
Click here to read her award-winning story.