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Investigations Honored as 'Best' in Tennessee

(Story created: 6/3/07)

The "NewsChannel 5 Investigates" team was recognized Saturday by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters for the Best Investigative Reporting and Best Enterprise reporting in the state of Tennessee in 2006.

The "Best Investigative Reporting" honor went to chief investigative reporter Phil Williams and producer/photojournalist Bryan Staples for their "Ticket Fix" investigation.  It was also named "Best of Show," judged against the winners in all categories.

That series revealed a systemic problem with parking and speeding tickets being fixed in the city of Nashville.

It was the second year that the group recognized the "NewsChannel 5 Investigates" team for the Best Investigative Reporting in Tennessee.

In addition, NewsChannel 5's investigation of Bill Heard Chevrolet was recognized as the "Best Enterprise" reporting.

That investigation -- by consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus, producer Kevin Wisniewski and Staples -- exposed questionable sales and financing practices inside the company that bills itself as the World's Largest Chevy Dealer.

In all, NewsChannel 5 won in six categories.  The six awards were the most for a television station.

In all, 38 plaques were awarded, honoring AP broadcasters for their best work during the last year.

Here is the list of NewsChannel 5's winners:

  • Best Investigative Reporting (Phil Williams, Bryan Staples)
  • Best Enterprise (Jennifer Kraus, Bryan Staples, Kevin Wisniewski)
  • Best Short Light Feature (Barry Simmons, Nathan Sharkey)
  • Best Long Light Feature (LaCheryl Tucker, Nathan Sharkey)
  • Best Sportscaster (Eric Yutzy)
  • Best Web Site (Jeannine Hunter, Jared Turner, Jan Morrison)

NewsChannel 5 also won honorable mention awards for Best Spot News (Nick Beres & Mike Rose), Best Long Light Feature (Lyra Manning & Mike Rose), and Best Short Hard News Story (Lyra Manning & Nathan Sharkey).

(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press)

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