DOGGED REPORTING THAT EXPOSED GOVERNMENT FRAUD AND PROMPTED REFORM
As Indiana’s unemployment rate soared, this intrepid eight-month investigation by WTHR-TV exposed how state leaders inflated official job statistics through a quasi-state agency shrouded in secrecy. When the agency refused to give the station proof to back up its numbers, WTHR’s investigative team visited hundreds of so-called “economic success stories.” They found abandoned factories and empty cornfields where the governor and the agency claimed there were tens of thousands of new jobs. State lawmakers launched their own investigation after the series aired. Comparing practices with adjoining states helped underscore the bad practices in Indiana. The series is an example of outstanding reporting in the public service.
Bob Segall, investigative reporter, producer; Cyndee Hebert, producer; Bill Ditton, photojournalist
View Where are the Jobs?: wthr.com/story/13870940/where-are-the-jobs-the-real-numbers-are-in.