The Investigative Reporters and Editors annual event was in Houston last week and several markets did quite well.
Sinclair’s WBFF (FOX) in Baltimore was honored for its 14-month investigation exposing a lack of state oversight of religious schools in the Baltimore area. “The Two Hour Diploma” won the prestigious award for “Best in Investigative Reporting” in the Broadcast/Video category for Division III, which spans television stations in market sizes 21-50. The winning news team includes Jeff Keene, Chris Papst, Carolyn Sachse, Dwayne Myers, and Kevin Drennan.
Other winners included the KUSA (NBC) team of Chris Vanderveen, Chris Hansen, Anna Hewson, Katie Wilcox, and Nicole Vap. They won Division II for a story exposing how more than a dozen surgeons operating in at least eight hospitals in Colorado charged high fees. Rather than signing up with the insurance companies to control patient costs, the surgeons instead sent them bills far higher than expected, all working with one credit company that placed a more than 170 surprise liens on the homes of their patients.
You can see all the winners and finalist here.
Congrats to all!