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Special Celebrates 10 Years of 'NewsChannel 5 Investigates'


An hour-long special, now available at newschannel5.com, looks back at a decade of exclusive investigations by the NewsChannel 5 Investigates team -- investigations that have made a difference and won the nation's most prestigious journalism awards.

"10 Years of NewsChannel 5 Investigates" first aired on NewsChannel 5 on Christmas Day. It looks back at some of the most compelling moments from the team's 10-year history.

"To be able to take stock of the journey so far was rewarding," said chief investigative reporter Phil Williams.

"When you look back at all that the entire team has accomplished over the past decade, you see our commitment to acting as a watchdog, exposing potential dangers to our families and looking out for scams that affect our viewers' wallets."

To view the special, go to the "10 Years of NewsChannel 5 Investigates" page and click on Part 1. Other parts will automatically follow. Selected commercials promoting NewsChannel 5 investigations from the past decade are also available for viewing.

The NewsChannel 5 Investigates brand was developed in the fall of 1998 after Williams join the NewsChannel 5 staff, complementing the station's already strong commitment to journalism that served Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

Photojournalist Bryan Staples joined the team in 1999.

Phil's first investigation tested security in state buildings.  Since then, he's exposed no-bid contracts given to friends of former Gov. Don Sundquist, exorbitant spending by University of Tennessee president John Shumaker, ethical misconduct by former Sen. John Ford and other state lawmakers, ticket fixing in local courts and misconduct by U.S. Army recruiters.

Williams and Staples have been honored with the duPont-Columbia University Award and the George Foster Peabody Award -- both considered equivalents of the Pulitzer Prize -- along with the prestigious George Polk Award and numerous other national awards.

In 1999, Jennifer Kraus headed the ground-breaking investigation into thefts by employees at the Feed the Children warehouse in Nashville.  She became a full-time member of the NewsChannel 5 Investigates team in 2003.

Her investigations into shady loan practices at Bill Heard Chevrolet and neglect at the Tennessee State Veterans Homes also won national awards, including a coveted Edward R. Murrow Award.

With NewsChannel 5's commitment to investigative journalism, the team has grown. Producer Kevin Wisniewski, reporter Ben Hall and photojournalist Iain Montgomery joined the NewsChannel 5 Investigates team in recent years.

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