Seattle Times reporters have won two national awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, for stories about the predatory practices of a mobile-home company and about the Navy putting parts of the Puget Sound shoreline off-limits to commercial development.

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Seattle Times reporters have won two national awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), one for investigative reporting, the other for work by a student journalist.

Investigative reporter Mike Baker was honored for his work on The Mobile-Home Trap, a series that exposed the predatory practices of Clayton Homes, part of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. The series was a collaboration with reporter Daniel Wagner of the Center for Public Integrity and later BuzzFeed News.

Among the series’ findings was that Clayton Homes’ in-house lender charged minority borrowers substantially higher rates, on average, than their white counterparts. Senior Democratic lawmakers have since asked federal regulators to investigate Buffett’s mobile-home company and its impact on minority communities.

Will Drabold, a summer intern from Ohio University on The Times’ investigations team, won for his story of how the U.S. Navy stealthily put thousands of acres of Puget Sound shoreline off-limits to commercial development.

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The judges of the SABEW awards wrote that Drabold “demonstrated extensive skills in research, investigative reporting and writing to come up with an eye-opening package with wide regional impact” and praised “a graphics team that helped explain the story visually. Nice work.”

Times staffers who contributed to the two award-winning projects include Ken Lambert, Garland Potts, Thomas Wilburn, Katie Cotterill, Lauren Frohne, Kelly Shea and Mark Nowlin.