Not One, Not Two... Three National Headliner Awards!
The National Headliner Awards have recognized the NewsChannel 5 Investigates team with three awards -- for investigative reporting, business and consumer reporting, and environmental reporting.
In the judging of stories that aired in 2008, NewsChannel 5's investigative team competed against television news operations in all markets across the country.
A first-place award in the business and consumer reporting category went to "NewsChannel 5 Investigates: An Alarming Failure." That investigation highlighted the problem with a common type of smoke detector that may have trouble detecting smoke from smoldering fires.
The project was the work of consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus and producer Kevin Wisniewski, along with photojournalists Mike Rose and Bryan Staples.
In the investigative reporting category, the second-place honor was awarded to NewsChannel 5's investigation of the Davidson County General Sessions Court. Those stories exposed judges leaving people waiting while they ran personal errands and court employees goofing off.
That effort was led by chief investigative reporter Phil Williams, along with Staples and Wisniewski. Investigative reporter Ben Hall and photojournalist Iain Montgomery assisted.
Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.
The first National Headliner Awards were presented in 1935.
Since then, more than 2,000 Headliner medallions have been presented to outstanding writers, photographers, daily newspapers, magazines, graphic artists, radio and television stations and networks, and news syndicates.