The Associated Press Managing Editors Association just announced its 2009 Awards, and among the winners of the prestigious awards—competing with papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post—was the Virgin Islands Daily News of St. Thomas, winner of the small-circulation category for uncovering life-threatening corruption at the only cancer center in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. It is the newspaper’s third straight Public Service award and sixth in 14 years. The newspaper reported that the hospital awarded its chief executive officer a record $750,000 in salary and benefits at the same time it wasn’t paying bills for drugs and equipment. Some patients couldn’t get chemotherapy treatments on time because drug companies had cut off supplies.
The paper has won numerous journalism awards. In 1995 the newspaper became one of the smallest ever to win journalism’s most prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.