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Local Stations Win Investigative Reporting Awards (WFTS, WTSP, WLTX, and KPNX-TV)

Topic: Safety Initiatives

Four stations received Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for investigative reporting.

  • The E.W. Scripps Company’s ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa program "Incapacitated: Florida’s Guardianship Program," exposed fraud by court appointed guardians and led to legislative changes.
  • Gannett Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WTSP Tampa’s year-long investigation, "Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight," showed that local governments manipulate technology to make yellow lights shorter, increasing the number of tickets given to safe drivers.
  • Gannett’s CBS Affiliate WLTX Columbia, S.C. was honored for "DDS: When the System Fails," an investigation into failures in South Carolina’s Department of Social Services.
  • Gannett’s NBC affiliate KPNX-TV Phoenix, Ariz. was honored for "Raked Over the Coals," which examined the Phoenix Fire Department’s arson squad.

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