Three exemplary investigative reports about corruption and waste at the Export-Import bank of the United States, grade changing for failing high school athletes, and the danger posed by aging gas pipeline couplings.
For its ongoing commitment to outstanding investigative reporting in public service, WFAA is honored with the Gold Baton—the first local station to win the Gold Baton since it was instituted 20 years ago.
Three outstanding investigative reports in a single year by WFAA’s unit News 8 Investigates exemplify the best in local broadcast coverage. Reporter Byron Harris’ series Money for Nothing uncovered fraudulent loans to support sales by Texas companies to spurious importers in Mexico. Reporter Brett Shipp’s series A Passing Offense exposes how coaches, principals and teachers change grades so that failing student athletes can qualify to compete. Shipp’s series The Buried and the Dead resulted in gas companies being ordered to remove faulty gas couplings in order to prevent more explosions at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.
Byron Harris, Brett Shipp, reporters; Mark Smith, producer; Kraig Kirchem, editor and photographer; Michael Valentine, executive news director
"A Passing Offense" - wfaa.com/news/investigates/archive/Passing-Offense-92517114.html
"Money for Nothing" - wfaa.com/news/investigates/archive/Money-For-Nothing-92516909.html
"The Buried & The Dead" - wfaa.com/news/investigates/archive/Buried--Dead-I-92511789.html