LAS VEGAS -- The I-Team's "Desert Underwater" series chronicling the housing crisis in southern Nevada received a Peabody Award, the University of Georgia announced Wednesday.
"The station used a sharply detailed series of reports and a prime-time special to explain how Las Vegas came to take such a crushing hit when the housing bubble burst. The excellent online data base still helps foreclosure-threatened homeowners," the Peabody board wrote of the I-Team's work.
Led by George Knapp, the I-Team examined how Las Vegas, used to decades of continuous building and growth, is now in the middle of an unprecedented housing crisis. With unemployment over 13 percent and thousands of homes underwater and going into foreclosure every month, the I-Team looked at how southern Nevadans can possibly find our way out of the worst economic predicament in the state's history.
Along with Knapp and I-Team reporters Colleen McCarty, Nathan Baca and Steve Kanigher, photojournalists Matt Adams, Kyle Zuelke and Alex Brauer contributed to the report. Producer Ian Russell, reporter Calvert Collins and the 8 News Now Interactive Team worked on the series as well.
The I-Team also won a Peabody in 2009 for its half-hour special, "Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics."
The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.