A lot of stations claim to be the best. But if you want to know who delivers the best investigative journalism in Tennessee, just ask the judges in two recent competitions.
The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters honored the NewsChannel 5 Investigates team for "Best Investigative Reporting," the "Best Public Affairs" report and "Best of Show" in the statewide competition.
Also, the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards recognized the team for "Best Consumer Reporting" and "Best of Television" in an 11-state region.
In the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster awards, honors went to NewsChannel 5's "Dishonorable Deceptions" investigation and 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.
This is the third year in a row that Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters have awarded "Best Investigative Reporting" to the NewsChannel 5 Investigates team. Previous honors went to "The Ticket Fix" and "Capitol Hill Corruption."
In the Green Eyeshade Awards, the consumer reporting award went to "An Alarming Failure," an investigation that uncovered an alarming rate of failure for Middle Tennessee's most common type of smoke detectors.
That project was the work of consumer investigator Jennifer Kraus, producer Kevin Wisniewski, photojournalist Mike Rose and producer/photojournalist Bryan Staples.
"An Alarming Failure" was also recognized as the Best of Television.
The Green Eyeshades are given out by the Society of Professional Journalists and is open to journalists working in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
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