KLAS-TV Awarded Prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for 'Desert Underwater' News Series
LAS VEGAS – KLAS-TV has been honored with the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for the in-depth news series "Desert Underwater."
This unprecedented investigative series covered the brutal housing and foreclosure crisis in Las Vegas and Nevada. Regarded as one of the most prestigious prizes in broadcast and digital news -- the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes -- the duPont-Columbia Awards bring the best in broadcast and digital journalism to professional and public attention by honoring those who produce it.
"The duPont is one of the highest national awards given for work in broadcast and digital journalism. We are extremely proud of the hard work and innovative coverage our I-Team brought to this series of stories and the hour-long documentary, ‘Desert Underwater, '" KLAS-TV News Director Ron Comings said.
The Columbia University School of Journalism recognized 8 News Now for producing "this exemplary series about the ongoing foreclosure crisis that has hit Nevada harder than any other state in the country. Starting with a two-week long news series with reports in every newscast, they continued with a comprehensive hour-long special report and a massive online resource base culled from financial reports and government statistics, including practical information to help homeowners navigate the foreclosure process. In clear language, reporters explain the mechanics of foreclosures – practices like 'robo signing' – and the lack of government regulation that allowed predatory lenders to profit from the crisis."
"We wanted to help our viewers understand how this crisis happened, who was responsible and the complicated, confusing process that led to what amounted to an epic disaster for Nevada, but we also wanted to put a human face on the story. For every one of those foreclosure statistics, there's a family that lost everything. Many of them not only lost their homes, their jobs, everything they owned, but also their lives. Suicides and foreclosures went hand in hand, " I-Team Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp said.
This investigation has previously been honored with an Emmy, the national Peabody Award, the national Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award and now, the prestigious duPont-Columbia award. 8 News Now Contributors to this highly honored effort include George Knapp, Colleen McCarty, Nathan Baca, Matt Adams, Kyle Zuelke, Alex Brauer, Ian Russell, Ron Comings, Steve Kanigher, Stephen Jackson, Chris Way, Patrick Stoehr and Terri Foley.
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