Nursing Homes

The Sacramento Bee team behind ‘Nursing homes unmasked’

Marjie Lundstrom is a senior writer on the projects and investigations team at The Sacramento Bee.
Marjie Lundstrom is a senior writer on the projects and investigations team at The Sacramento Bee. The Sacramento Bee

Here are brief bios of the team who researched, reported, illustrated and edited The Sacramento Bee investigation into California’s nursing homes.

Marjie Lundstrom

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Marjie Lundstrom is a senior writer on the projects/investigations team at The Sacramento Bee. Over a career spanning 35 years, she has been a columnist, national correspondent, senior editor and investigative reporter for several news outlets, including The Denver Post and Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C.

A native of Nebraska, Lundstrom received the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association the same year, the 2009 national SDX Freedom of Information Award and the 2011 Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Child Welfare League of America. She was honored in 2008 for her “lifelong commitment to the public’s right to know” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

At The Bee, Lundstrom specializes in criminal justice issues and stories about vulnerable populations, including underprivileged children and the elderly.

Phillip Reese

Phillip Reese is a specialist in computer-assisted reporting at The Bee, where he serves a multifaceted role: writing stories rich in data analysis, teaming with fellow reporters on database research, and maintaining an online data center that highlights trends in the Sacramento region.

In 2013, Reese was part of a reporting team that probed Nevada’s controversial practice of busing mentally ill patients out of state. The yearlong investigation found that Nevada’s primary psychiatric hospital had bused more than 1,500 patients to states across the country over five years, often to cities where they had no family or ties. The series was awarded the 2013 George Polk Award for Medical Reporting and the 2013 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting, and it was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

A native of Marion, N.C., Reese worked as a reporter at the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before joining The Bee in 2005.

Paul Kitagaki

Paul Kitagaki Jr. has been a senior photographer at The Bee since 2003. During more than 35 years as a photojournalist, he has covered local, national and international events that have taken him from California to Vietnam, Iraq and six Olympic Games.

Kitagaki has garnered numerous awards for his documentary photography, including sharing in the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake while at the San Jose Mercury News. He was named California Photographer of the Year in 1990, and has been honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for News Design, among other organizations. His work on Japanese internment camps has been on exhibit since April 2012 at the Tanforan BART Station, former site of a World War II internment camp.

A Bay Area native, Kitagaki worked for several news outlets before joining The Bee, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Oregonian and San Francisco Examiner.

Sharon Okada

Sharon Okada has been a staff artist at The Bee since 2004. She was honored this year with a Best of the West award for her informational graphic on Sacramento’s planting seasons, and has been recognized previously with awards from the Society for News Design, the Associated Press and the Online News Association.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Okada grew up in Los Angeles and worked for the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., before joining The Bee.

Deborah Anderluh

Deborah Anderluh is The Bee’s senior editor for investigations and enterprise. She supervises The Bee’s investigative team, as well as overseeing coverage in a range of specialty areas, including water resources and California’s ongoing drought, seniors and aging, and issues surrounding mental illness. In 2013, she supervised the reporting team that uncovered Nevada’s practice of busing mentally ill patients across state lines, a yearlong investigation named a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Anderluh joined The Bee in 1995 as an education reporter. Since joining the editing team in 1999, she has worked in a variety of roles, including as The Bee’s city editor and front-page editor.

A graduate of Cornell University, Anderluh worked as a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Herald Examiner before coming to The Bee. Her education coverage has been recognized with numerous honors, including Best of the West and two Benjamin Fine Awards for outstanding education reporting.