Raycom’s Fox affiliate WVUE-TV New Orleans investigation “State of Unrest” won in the Broadcast / Video Division IV category of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) Awards. WVUE’s examination of Louisiana State Police travel records found payroll fraud, falsified documents, fixed tickets and padded expenses. “This was a great example of how journalists can bring video, public records and key interviews together to produce a bulletproof accountability story,” judges said.
Also, Raycom’s CBS affiliate WAFB Baton Rouge was a finalist for “The BRAVE Fallout,” which exposed questionable distribution of federal money earmarked for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project, or BRAVE. The story resulted in canceled contracts, a mayoral aide’s resignation and the return of more than $1 million to taxpayers.