Summit Business Media Publication Receives Honorable Mention at 2012 Health Care Journalism and Research Awards

Washington, DC, May 29, 2012 – National Underwriter Life & Health magazine, a Summit Business Media publication received honorable mention at the Eighteenth Annual Health Care Journalism and Research Awards ceremony on May 21st in Washington, DC for Bill Coffin’s story on Bill Mantlo, A Tragic Tale

A Neal award-winning storyA Tragic Tale was featured in the November 2011 issue of National Underwriter Life & Health and depicts the tragic story of legendary comic book writer Bill Mantlo, who after a hit-and-run accident was thrown under the wheels of the healthcare system. According to NIHCM’s website, “the judges praised the article for its ‘attention to detail’ and artfulness. They also called the story ‘bold,’ noted the risk the publisher took in criticizing a major advertiser, and said ‘kudos to National Underwriter for taking this story on.’”

“This story serves as a powerful reminder that our daily work can make a difference in people’s lives,” said Jamie E. Green, Vice President of Content for Summit Business Media. “Not only did the story result in a fundraising effort for Bill Mantlo, but it served as a catalyst for the reunion of several of Bill Mantlo’s family members after years of little communication.” Green continued, “The story also serves as confirmation that there is a very definite demand for quality, award-winning journalism among our audience. This honorable mention is a testament that our editorial teams have the talent, vision, knowledge and passion to give it to them.”

Established in 1993, the NIHCM awards program recognizes the talented researchers and journalists who serve as catalysts for positive change by advancing and informing the health care policy debate. NIHCM’s President and CEO, Nancy Chockley, explains, “NIHCM was founded with a mission to provoke new thinking and ideas. Through our awards, we recognize the tremendous contributions made by those in the fields of health care journalism and research who bring these new ideas to light and communicate them to the public.” This year’s competition brought in more than 340 entries.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by NIHCM for our work on Tragic Tale,” said Bill Coffin, Editor-in-Chief for National Underwriter Life & Health. “This year’s entries represent the best health care journalism being produced, so we were in good company. Winning this award underscores just how important and rewarding it is for all of us at Summit to make uncompromising content that challenges conventional wisdom, raises uncomfortable truths, and balances compelling storytelling with deep reporting.”

In addition to receiving this prestigious honor, Coffin was awarded a check for $2,000 which he requested be made out to Bill Mantlo’s trust fund. For more information on Bill Mantlo or the Bill Mantlo Trust Fund, Please visit or contact Bill Coffin at  

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Media Contact:
Bill Coffin
Editor-in-Chief, National Underwriter Life & Health