A week after receiving a distinguished writing award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the journalists responsible for an LA Times series exposing the colossal corruption among the ranks of Bell city officials have earned another prestigious honor – the George Polk Award for local reporting.

Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives and team of collaborators deserve each and every kudo received for their landmark bit of municipal investigating. It is a story that continues to reverberate, from the photo of administrator Robert “Ratso” Rizzo volunteering as a surfing museum parking lot attendant to a tearful (and highly unconvincing) mea culpa made last week on FOX 11 by former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia.

Read more