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  • “Money for Nothing;” “The Buried and the Dead;” “Television Justice;” “Kinder Prison”
    “Money for Nothing;” “The Buried and the Dead;” “Television Justice;” “Kinder Prison”

    Investigations revealing that a major U.S. financial institution is making loans to non-existent companies in Mexico, that regional law-enforcement officers had collaborated with news crews to produce a prime-time TV program, that conditions in a prison housing children were deplorable, and that pipelines carrying gas into homes are unsafe—and they all come from one Dallas, Texas, television station. In these stories, truly outstanding work extends far beyond the home studio, all the way to international corruption. It links small town life and nationally broadcast television programs. It follows the practices of federal immigration officials whose policies harmed children. And it... read more

  • Bitter Lessons
    Bitter Lessons

    In the best tradition of local television news, WFAA-TV in Dallas identified a local instance of a national issue, probed the examples in the immediate community, and then took its findings back up a bureaucratic chain to challenge an agency whose negligence may have contributed to the problems. For-profit that promise to provide necessary skills and job placements have become common. The schools profit, but not the majority of those students enrolled. Becoming a student establishes eligibility for student loans and funding for the schools. But WFAA confirmed that relatively few students are placed in the promised positions and that... read more

  • Fake Drugs, Real Lives
    Fake Drugs, Real Lives

    From January through September 2002, this investigative series revealed that confidential informants working with Dallas police planted powdered Sheetrock or billiard chalk near unsuspecting Mexican immigrants to contrive drug cases. Reporter Brett Shipp and Producer Mark Smith found that nearly half the Dallas Police Department’s alleged cocaine seizures in 2001 contained little or no illegal drugs. The broadcasts helped spur an on-going federal investigation, confessions by three informants, and dismissals of 80 drug charges against more than 50 defendants, many of whom had languished in jail for months. The series established that paid informants may corrupt the justice system—and possibly... read more

  • Personal Award: H. Martin “Marty” Haag
    Personal Award: H. Martin “Marty” Haag

    Good journalism, high ethical standards, and strong ratings are compatible. That’s the philosophy of H. Martin (Marty) Haag, and for 27 years he followed it as he played a key role in transforming WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, from a typical news operation to one of the consistently best local news organizations in the U.S. today. He joined Belo Corporation’s WFAA in 1973 as executive news director. In 1989 he was named vice president/news of Belo’s Broadcast Division with responsibility for the news at all company television stations. In 1996 he became the company’s senior vice president/news. Under Marty’s direction, Belo’s... read more

  • SMU Investigation
    SMU Investigation

    WFAA-TV has shown great courage in investigating a major college football program in its own back yard. At times it appeared that physical violence was possible as a reprisal against the persons who broke the story. But, WFAA-TV continued to air the story and to push for reforms. Ultimately, the NCAA imposed the so-called “death penalty” on the SMU (Southern Methodist) football program, shutting it down for one year and severely limiting it for two more. Even Texas Governor Bill Clements admitted that, as chairman of the SMU Board of Governors, he had approved illegal payments to football players. The... read more

  • State of Denial
    State of Denial

    WFAA-TV’s 19-part series State of Denial details questionable practices by state agencies and major insurance companies involved with the Texas workers compensation system. In this long running investigation, which began in 2003, reporter Brett Shipp, investigative producer/executive producer Mark Smith, executive producer for special projects Nann Goplerun, and editor/photographer Kraig Kirchem found state regulators lost sight of their assigned role: “Ensure appropriate and efficient health care for all injured employees.” The series detailed possible fraud and potentially unethical practices by a number of major insurance companies, activities ignored or unpunished by regulators. Several companies reportedly mailed “stripped” medical records, files... read more

  • The Peavy Investigation
    The Peavy Investigation

    Maintaining a commitment to thorough investigation in the face of unprecedented competitive pressure is a formidable challenge facing local television news operations. Robert Riggs, WFAA-TV reporter and executive producer, and his outstanding team of executive news director John Miller, researcher P.J. Ward and photographers Jesus Hernandez and Percy Powers, met that challenge with a revealing series of reports into insurance purchases involving the Dallas Independent School District. The investigation centered on the chairman of the Board of Education’s Committee on Insurance, who was responsible for directing more than $30 million of insurance purchases. For six months, the WFAA-TV team relentlessly... read more