The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) has recognized NewsChannel 5 Investigates with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for its "Dishonorable Deceptions" documentary.
That documentary, the culmination of a months-long investigation, exposed how U.S. Army recruiters urged prospective recruits to lie about their histories of mental illness. It led to an internal Army investigation and disciplinary actions against four recruiters.
The investigation was the work of chief investigative reporter Phil Williams and producer/photojournalist Bryan Staples, along with producer Kevin Wisniewski.
NewsChannel 5 competes in a five-state region comprised of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Winners from 14 regions are then considered for national Murrow Awards.
It is the seventh regional Murrow Award received by NewsChannel 5 Investigates. Last year, the team won a national Murrow Award for its investigation of Bill Heard Chevrolet.
RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with awards named after the legendary CBS newsman since 1971.
Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
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