A series of investigative reports on the mayor’s office in Boise, Idaho
Two reporters at this small market station uncovered a trail of financial corruption by the mayor of Boise and his chief of staff that led to the resignation and indictment of both officials. The reporters methodically document credit card expenses for items such as junkets to conferences, a side trip to a Broadway show, an ornamental fireplace and other items that could not be located at City Hall. The capstone of the series is the surveillance videotape showing city employees, including the chief of police and the mayor, hauling the purloined goods back to City Hall. Despite pressure to ease up on the investigation, the station maintained its focus on the misuse of public funds. These reports are superb examples of the role of the press as a watchdog on local government.
Jon Hanian, Michael Keckler, reporters; Clyn Richards, chief photographer; Hank Nystrom, Chris Ceresa, photographers; Jeff Ray, executive producer.