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Mark Roth, 2009 “Joanie Award” Winner

Published: November 2nd, 2009

Mark Roth of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recognized with the 2009 “Joanie Award” For Excellence in Journalism Related to Lung Cancer

(New York, NY – November 2, 2009) Mark Roth of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was awarded the Joanie Award for excellence in journalism related to lung cancer for 2009. The award and $5,000 prize are given annually by Uniting Against Lung Cancer.

Mr. Roth is the winner of this year’s Joanie Award for the June 2009 articles “Does lung cancer get short shrift?” and “Lung cancer patient takes aggressive tack. Responds to new therapy, comes to grips with outlook.” The Joanie Committee noted the overall high quality of this year’s submissions, which is an encouraging sign of progress in coverage of the disease. Mr. Roth’s articles were chosen because of the new elements about the disease, the funding environment, and the reasons lung cancer deserves more attention.

Mr. Roth will be presented the award at the Foundation’s annual benefit on November 18, 2009. The Joanie Award is part of the ongoing awareness campaign undertaken by Joan’s Legacy, founding Partner of Uniting Against Lung Cancer. The award was created to honor the memory and mission of Joan Scarangello, a TV news producer and writer who appreciated quality reporting and believed that the public needed more accurate information about lung cancer. Joan, a lifelong New Yorker and non-smoker, succumbed to lung cancer in 2001.

The Joanie Award selection committee is composed of producers and managers in various news organizations, including ABC and NBC News, CNN and the Columbia Journalism Review. Past winners include ABC’s Dr. Timothy Johnson, NBC’s Robert Bazell, The Wall Street Journal’s senior editorial writer Robert Pollock, the staff of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°,” Newsday writer Lauren Terrazzano, and Ladies’ Home Journal and author Christopher Andersen.

Mark Roth has been on staff at the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette for over 25 years in the roles of both writer and editor. As the paper’s first full-time science editor, Roth had significant impact in shaping that area of the paper. Currently devoting all of his time to writing, Roth primarily focuses on health and science issues, including a monthly series called “The Thinkers” and a daily blog highlighting provocative ideas titled “That’s Fascinating.”

Uniting Against Lung Cancer is funding innovative research into more effective diagnosis and treatment and increasing awareness of lung cancer, including in people who never smoked. Funding $6 Million in new and cutting-edge research in seven years, Uniting is fast becoming recognized as the “venture capital” source for ground-breaking lung cancer research.

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States, taking more than 162,000 lives each year. Yet lung cancer receives far less research funding than any other major cancer, making the work of the organization even more compelling.

For more information about the “Joanie Award,” the Foundation’s research grant program, its events across the country, or lung cancer itself, please visit