Mark Lagerkvist is a veteran investigative reporter who has won more than 60 journalism honors – including three Emmys and major awards from the National Press Club, Scripps-Howard Foundation, United Press International and Investigative Reporters & Editors.
Lagerkvist (pronounced logger-quist) began his career as a newspaper reporter in Michigan and Wisconsin. His investigation of a prominent, yet unethical Milwaukee judge resulted in the jurist’s three-year suspension from the bench without pay.
As investigative reporter at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Lagerkvist won a UPI National Broadcast Award for a series on corruption in a rural Michigan county. He also received an Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Award for his report on county sheriffs who improperly profited from a USDA food program intended to feed the needy.
At WFLA-TV in Tampa, Lagerkvist investigated the deadly practices of the nation’s largest Medicare HMO. For his expose, he received the Jack R. Howard Award from the Scripps-Howard Foundation for outstanding public service in large market television.
Lagerkvist returned to newspaper journalism as investigative reporter for the Asbury Park Press. His series – “Profits vs. Patients” – revealed the secret deals between doctors and hospitals that compromised medical care. It won a National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award honorable mention. He was promoted to investigative projects editor at New Jersey’s second-largest daily newspaper.
The next stop was News 12 Long Island, where Lagerkvist started an investigative unit at the nation’s first 24-hour local news channel. During a nine-year stint at News 12, he won 34 awards, including three Emmys and a National Press Club Consumer Journalism Award first-prize. Lagerkvist also received the New York Press Club Gold Typewriter Award for outstanding public service for his reports on unsavory deals between a township government and garbage carters with mob ties.
At CNBC, Lagerkvist produced in-depth reports for the nation’s premier business channel. Lagerkvist received two Business Emmy nominations for stories on broken pension promises and worker safety. He also won a National Press Club honorable mention for a report on the tobacco industry’s failure to make a minor manufacturing change that could have prevented hundreds of fatal fires a year.
In his latest incarnation, Lagerkvist is editor and investigative reporter for New Jersey Watchdog, a news web site devoted to public service journalism. In 2013, Lagerkvist won a New York Press Club Award for best online political coverage. New Jersey Watchdog was named best independent online news site by the Society of Professional Journalists, New Jersey chapter.
New Jersey Watchdog is part of the Watchdog.org network of news sites. It is funded by the Franklin Center for Public Integrity and Government, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation.
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