Winner of the Regional Emmy Award for News Excellence for six of the past eight years.
2007 winner of the National Emmy Award for Investigative Reporting
2004 winner of the National Emmy Award for Spot News
2012 – Winner of 10 Regional Emmy Awards, more than any other local station
2011 – Winner of 12 Regional Emmy Awards, more than any other local station
2010 – Winner of 14 Regional Emmy Awards, more than any other local station
2009 – Winner of 5 Regional Emmy Awards, more than any other local station
2008 – Winner of 8 Regional Emmy Awards, more than any other local station
2007 – Winner of 14 Regional Emmy Awards, more than any other local station
2006 – Winner of 9 Regional Emmy Awards, more than any other local station
National Press Photographers Association Awards:
2011 NPPA National Photographer of the Year
20011 NPP Regional Station of the Year
20010 NPP Regional Station of the Year
2009 NPP Regional Station of the Year
2004 NPPA National Station of the Year
2004 NPPA National Photographer of the Year
2012 for the "Policing for Profit" investigation. That project exposed how some Tennessee police agencies routinely target out-of-state drivers for traffic stops, looking for large sums of cash that they can seize based on the suspicion that it's drug money. Members of the duPont jury said the investigation revealed "an outrageous abuse of power by law enforcement agencies."
2010 for the "General Sessions Court" investigation. The duPont jury wrote that "the series methodically builds its case from one shocking incident to the next, showing how average citizens are victimized by judges and clerks. With superior storytelling and interviews, this series performed a valuable public service."
2004 for the team's "Friends in High Places" investigation of insider contracts awarded during the administration of former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist.
2005 for the "Friends in High Places" investigation. The Peabody committee wrote, "WTVF's three-year investigation probes the awarding of hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts to friends of the Tennessee governor. The station's ongoing reports on abuse of power have led to federal indictments and the passage of contract reform laws."
National Headliner Awards:
2011 National Headliner Award for Environmental Reporting for an investigation of how Metro Nashville school officials had ignored the risks of cancer-causing radon gas in classrooms across the city.
2010 National Headliner Award for Environmental Reporting for an investigation of how the coal industry fought to weaken water quality standards in Tennessee.
2009 National Headliner Award for Business and Consumer Reporting for the "Alarming Failure" investigation. It highlighted the problem with a common type of smoke detector that may have trouble detecting smoke from smoldering fires.
2007 National Headliner Award for Business and Consumer Reporting for an investigation of questionable sales and financing practices inside a company that billed itself as the "World's Largest Chevy Dealer."
2003 National Headliner medallion for "Friends in High Places."
George Polk Award:
2003 NewsChannel 5 was the only television station, local or national, to receive the George Polk Award, which honored the "Friends in High Places" investigation.
Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting:
2004 two-time finalist for the "Friends in High Places" and "Perks of Power" investigations.
Edward R. Murrow Awards:
Honored in 2007 for best investigative reporting by a large-market television station.
National Press Club:
2007 Consumer Journalism Award.
Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists:
2007 Award for Public Service for an investigation that uncovered life-threatening neglect of veterans at two Tennessee State Veterans Homes.
2004 Award for an investigation of questionable spending practices by the President of the University of Tennessee, which resulted in his resignation.
2003 Award for "Friends in High Places."
Fourth Estate Award from the American Legion:
2011 Award for an investigation of the questionable solicitation tactics of the Veterans Support Organization.
2007 Award for investigations of state veterans homes.
Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications:
2008 Award for Documentary for "Dishonorable Deceptions," which exposed Army recruiters urging prospective recruits to lie about their histories of mental illness.
Investigative Reporters and Editors Award:
2004 IRE Certificate for the "Perks of Power" investigations. The IRE judges wrote, "WTVF's documentary of abuses of power by state legislators and the president of the University of Tennessee is yet another example of this station's commitment to investigative journalism."
2003 IRE Certificate for "Friends in High Places." IRE's judges wrote, "This important investigation does more than put an outgoing governor on notice; it sends a clear message to all elected officials."
2001 IRE Medal for "Who's Policing the Police?" The judges called it "an outstanding example of dogged local reporting."
NewsChannel 5 has been ineligible for the IRE Awards for a number of years due to the service of our Chief Investigative Reporter on the IRE Board of Directors.
Tennessee Associated Press Awards:
2012 winner of 5 AP awards including Best Website
2011 winner of 2 AP Awards including Best Investigation
2010 winner of 9 AP Awards including Best Overall
2009 winner of 11 AP Awards including Best Website
2008 winner of 6 AP Awards including Best Investigation
2007 winner of 5 AP Awards including Best Website
2006 winner of 5 AP Awards including Best Newscast
American Bar Association:
2012 Gavel Award Honorable Mention for "Policing for Profit" investigation
Nashville Human Rights Commission Award for Corporate Diversity
Diversity Award from the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce
Community Service Award from the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce