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How ABC11 Protected Children from Asbestos

Dianne Wilson, ABC 11, Raleigh, NC

Justice Stores, a national clothing chain for girls and teens, recalled eight different children’s makeup products after an investigation from ABC 11, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, found the products contained asbestos and lead.

Reporter Dianne Wilson explains how a case of pink eye caused her to pursue the story:

Providing the Context Viewers Crave

Ellen Crooke, Tegna

With Tegna’s Verify, a fact-checking initiative launched in 2016, reporters answer viewers’ questions about the news and other information they encounter in their daily lives. TEGNA’s team then provides answers, helping viewers to understand what’s real and what’s not.

Tegna’s Vice President of News Ellen Crooke describes the initiative and how it’s letting the ownership group better serve viewers:

Keeping the Denver Library Safe

Jeremy Jojala, 9News, Denver, CO

During a three-day undercover investigation, 9News’ Jeremey Jojala discovered drug users were injecting heroin and conducting drug deals at the Denver Public Library. In response to his investigation, police increased patrols inside the library and the library received more city funds to invest in safety improvements.

Jojala walks through his investigative process:

Dallas Broadcasters Help Improve Water Quality

Joe Ellis, KVUE, Austin, Texas

Many cities make protecting water quality a top priority, but investigative reporter Joe Ellis discovered that the city of Dallas was one of the city’s largest and most consistent polluters. His team produced 50 stories about the issue, which sparked EPA action.

Ellis describes his in-depth investigation into the city of Dallas’ pollution:

Reforming a Broken System

Mark Greenblatt, National Investigative Lead, Scripps, Washington DC

In 2014, Mark Greenblatt and his coworkers at Scripps uncovered a loophole that allowed sex offenders in the military to remain off sex offender registries, making it easier for them harm more victims. Their reporting forced Congress to act and pass a law reforming the system.

Greenblatt discusses the process and outcome of Scripps’ investigation:

Keeping Companies Honest

Rachel DePompa, WWBT, Richmond, VA

WWBT’s investigative reporter Rachel DePompa recently exposed 125 companies that had been awarded lucrative government contracts, even though they were delinquent on their taxes. In response to her findings, lawmakers are looking at reforming the process.

DePompa describes viewer reaction to her report:

Keeping Kids Safe in the Classroom

Rick Yarborough, NBC 4, Washington, DC

Lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia passed two reform laws after NBC4 reported on a flaw in the child protection system that allowed teachers who had been fired for abusive behavior to obtain new teaching jobs in other states.

Rick Yarborough, the senior investigative platform manager at NBC4, describes what each of the new laws do:

The Difference Between Life and Death

Vicky Nguyen, NBC Bay Area, San Francisco, CA

In 2014, rules at the U.S. Postal Service prohibited most employees from calling 911 when they witnessed a medical emergency. NBC Bay Area investigative reporters uncovered a case where this policy may have caused critical delays in a serious medical situation. Following the station’s report, the Postal Service changed its policy.

Reporter Vicky Nguyen talks about why she decided to pursue this story:

How Broadcasters Serve Their Communities

More than 2.47 million American jobs depend on broadcasting, and the local broadcast radio and television industry - and the businesses that depend on it - generate $1.17 trillion annually for the nation's economy.

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