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UCDD, Policing Investigations Honored By Headliner Awards

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NewsChannel 5 Investigates has been awarded top honors in the National Headliner Awards, it was announced today.

The team's investigation of the Upper Cumberland Development District was honored with a first-place Headliner Award for investigative reporting. That months-long project exposed rampant misspending and other misconduct inside a government agency that was supposed to create jobs and help the poor.

In addition, NewsChannel 5's on-going "Policing for Profit" investigation received a first-place Headliner for public service.  That series exposed laws that give police a financial incentive to take cash off of out-of-state drivers based on the suspicion that it might be drug money.

Both investigations were led by chief investigative reporter Phil Williams, along with photojournalist Bryan Staples and producer Kevin Wisniewski.

The UCDD investigation was also recognized this week with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

In addition, an investigation of a Nashville-area pool company received a second-place Headliner for business and consumer reporting.  That project was the work of consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus and photojournalist Iain Montgomery.

Another investigation, by Montgomery and investigative reporter Ben Hall, was honored with a third-place Headliner.  That story exposed the dismissive attitude adopted by a Tennessee regulator toward opponents of fracking.

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.

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