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National Headliner Awards Honor Two NC5 Investigations

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Two NewsChannel 5 investigations snagged First Place honors in the National Headliner Awards for consumer and environmental reporting, it was announced this week.

Consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus and producer/photojournalist Bryan Staples were honored with a National Headliner Award for Business and Consumer Reporting for their investigation of the Veterans Support Organization, a group that used questionable tactics to solicit money that contributors thought was going to help veterans.

Earlier this year, the organization admitted it broke the law and agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines.

It is the third National Headliner Award for Kraus and Staples.

Investigative reporter Ben Hall and producer/photojournalist Iain Montgomery received a National Headliner Award for Environmental Reporting for "Big Coal's Political Power," an investigation that examined the link between campaign contributions and lawmakers' votes on bill affecting the coal industry.

It is the second year in a row that Hall and Montgomery have won the environmental award for their investigation of the coal industry.

Producer Kevin Wisniewski contributed to both projects.

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.

These awards add to the already impressive list of national journalism awards won by the NewsChannel 5 Investigates team -- including two Columbia University-duPont Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award, both considered broadcasting's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

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