Tennessee's 'Best Investigative Reporting' -- Four Years in a Row
The NewsChannel 5 Investigates team took top honors in the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster awards for the state's "Best Investigative Reporting" and "Best Public Affairs."
It was the fourth straight year that the investigative team has been recognized for delivering the best investigative reporting in Tennessee.
This year, that award went to NewsChannel 5's investigation of Metro Nashville's General Sessions Court -- which exposed judges leaving people waiting in their courtrooms while they worked second jobs and ran personal errands. It also exposed court employees goofing off.
It was the work of chief investigative reporter Phil Williams, photojournalist/producer Bryan Staples and producer Kevin Wisniewski. Investigative reporter Ben Hall and photojournalist Iain Montgomery contributed to the effort.
In addition, the award for "Best Public Affairs" went to NewsChannel 5's investigation of toy-like novelty lighters. That project, led by consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus, prompted lawmakers to ban the cigarette lighters that children might mistake for toys. Also involved in the project were Montgomery, Staples and Wisniewski.
Previous investigative reporting honors went to NewsChannel 5's "Dishonorable Deceptions" investigation of Army recruiting, the "Ticket Fix" investigation of ticket-fixing in Nashville and the "Capitol Hill Corruption" investigation.
NewsChannel 5 also took awards for Best TV Newscast, Best Spot News, Best Videography, Best Short Light Feature, Best Hard News Story, Best Sports Feature, Best Web Site, Best TV Reporter, and Best TV Weather Anchor.