Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrew Schneider, a public health reporter for Lee Montana Newspapers and former Baltimore Sun reporter, died Friday in Salt Lake City while being treated for pulmonary disease, The Missoulian reported.
His wife, Kathy Best, is editor of The Missoulian. Best also worked at The Sun, serving as its assistant managing editor, overseeing its Sunday editions and national news.
Mr. Schneider shared two Pulitzers 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 Mr. Schneider and Matthew Brelis on shortcomings in the medical screening of airline pilots.
At The Baltimore Sun, Schneider wrote in 2006 a series investigating the health hazards associated with a chemical commonly found in the food flavoring industry.
Later, at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mr. Schneider broke the story of asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., leading to an EPA Superfund cleanup.