Two investigative reports on the living conditions of migrant farm workers and the ineffectivenes of protective orders in cases of domestic abuse in North Carolina.
Forty-five years after Edward R. Murrow’s landmark documentary about migrant farm workers, the “Focal Point” investigative team found living conditions in North Carolina had barely improved for migrants despite state laws that set minimum standards. The half-hour program included interviews with state officials, farmers and activists who are working to gain healthier environments for these laborers. In a separate half-hour program, the team examined the failures of court protective orders to safeguard victims of domestic abuse. The duPont Jury praised WRAL-TV for dedicating an investigative team to half-hour documentaries examining important local issues.
David Crabtree and Linda Loveland, anchors; Jay Jennings, photographer/editor; Mariana Paul Jacob and Kim Williams, researchers and production assistants; Clay Johnson, executive producer; Jim Hefner, vice president and general manager; Jim Goodmon, president and chief executive officer, Capitol Broadcasting.