(Story originally created Mar 31, 2014)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- NewsChannel 5's "Questions of Influence" documentary has been honored with a National Headliner Award.
That documentary, the culmination of a year-long investigation into how Tennessee state government really works, received second place in the nationwide competition among television networks and stations in the category for documentaries or series of reports.
The project examined questions surrounding the Haslam administration's awarding of hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and explored ethical questions about Gov. Bill Haslam's business relationship with a powerful Capitol Hill lobbyist.
Working on the project were chief investigative reporter Phil Williams, investigative reporter Ben Hall, photojournalists Bryan Staples and Iain Montgomery, and producer Kevin Wisniewski.
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.