The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

Interview with Lee Zurik and Manuel Torres - “Louisiana Purchased”


Wes Unruh - 7/25/2014


“In their exhaustive investigation of campaign finance in the Pelican state, WVUE-TV and NOLA.com revealed illegal activities, dubious practices and feeble ethics enforcement. The New Orleans TV station and the website, an arm of the Times-Picayune newspaper, devoted thousands of employee hours to sifting through almost a million campaign documents to figure out who gave how much to whom and what they got in return. One revelation was that nearly a third of the $209 million pumped into Louisiana campaigns between 2009 and 2012 came from less than one percent of the donors. What made Louisiana Purchased stand out even more, however, is the verve with which it was reported…” Check out the full winner’s citation for “Louisiana Purchased” written by Noel Holston.