Robert Berner is a correspondent in BusinessWeek’s Chicago bureau, working on investigative pieces and covering retailing and consumer products. Prior to joining BusinessWeek, Mr. Berner wrote for the Wall Street Journal, covering retail and food companies. In an vestigative series on Rite Aid while at the Journal, Mr. Berner and a colleague uncovered massive financial fraud at the drugstore chain that ultimately led to a Justice Department investigation and fraud convictions of top executives. At Business Week, awards Mr. Berner has one include a 2008 Association of Healthcare Journalists award for “Fresh Pain for the Uninsured” and a 2003 Medill Strong award for “Best Profile” of P&G CEO A.G. Lafley. In 2006, he was a Loeb finalist for a profile of financier Eddie Lampert. In 1985, Mr. Berner began his journalism career as a reporter for the Bennington Banner in Vermont. After leaving the Banner, Mr. Berner became a business reporter for The Patriot Ledger.