Monday, July 28, 2014

David Hechler wins the Stephen Barr award for his story, "Lost in Translation," that raised important questions about Toyota SUA

David Hechler

There are more than enough heroes to go around in this truth-out story of Toyota SUA. David Hechler is a shining star of journalistic integrity and enthusiasm, and I count him among the greatest in our merry band of strong-willed truth-tellers as we turn the tide on Toyota.

The first award won by David for his lengthy, balanced "Lost in Translation" story was a Neal Award that was given in March of this year. The second prize, announced today, is actually two prizes in one. First, the story took the gold in the Impact/Investigative category. Then all the features that won top awards in each category were considered for the grand prize, the Stephen Barr award, and David won.

These awards are signifcant. His work is judged the best by highly respected business journalists. We can rely on him.

Here's the official announcement:

David Hechler, executive editor of Corporate Counsel magazine, is the 2014 winner of ASBPE’s Stephen Barr Award for his article “Lost in Translation.” His April 2013 story was a retrospective of Toyota’s “sudden acceleration problem,” offering readers a behind-the scenes understanding of crisis management. The story also helped explain why so many legal problems remained for Toyota after a string of horrific accidents, and a recall crisis that many thought had blown over.
Hechler has been at Corporate Counsel since 2005, starting as a senior reporter and editor. For the four previous years he was a senior reporter and then associate editor at the National Law Journal, another publication of New York-based ALM Global.
Congratulations to David! Keep up the good work.