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Andrew Schneider, Pulitzer-winning journalist, dies at 74

By on February 19, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrew Schneider, a public health reporter for Lee Montana Newspapers, has died at age 74.

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Andrew Schneider passed away on Feb. 17, 2017 after being treated for pulmonary disease. (Vincent Musi via The Seattle Times)

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Andrew Schneider passed away on Feb. 17, 2017 from heart failure. (Vincent Musi via The Seattle Times)

According to The Missoulian, Schneider passed away Friday in Salt Lake City, Montana, while being treated for pulmonary disease.

His wife, Kathy Best, is editor of The Missoulian. 

Schneider earned two Pulitzers –the highest honor for journalists– while working at the Pittsburgh Press. In 1986, he and Mary Pat Flaherty won the specialized reporting award for investigating failures in the U.S. organ transplant system.

In 1987, the Pittsburgh Press was awarded the Public Service prize for reporting by Schneider and Matthew Brelis on shortcomings in medical screening of airline pilots, in which they revealed that pilots with alcoholism and addiction to controlled substances were allowed to fly.

Later, at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Schneider broke the story of asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana, leading to an EPA Superfund cleanup.

“The man never had anything but a big, big plan when it came to a story he was chasing and if you were part of the hunt he raised your game, too,” said Flaherty on Saturday.

Schneider had also worked for The Associated Press.

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