Outstanding ongoing breaking news coverage of a preventable tragedy
After a landmark Kansas City restaurant exploded into flames, 41 Action News reporters
were on the scene in the moments and weeks that followed asking tough questions about
the events leading up to the deadly blast. The team broke major developments of the
ongoing story: the lack of an approved city permit for the contractor, the official cause of
the explosion, changes to the fire department's natural gas policy, and the first lawsuits
filed by restaurant employees and by the family of the woman killed in the explosion.
The aggressive, thorough coverage included exclusive coverage and culminated with a
sophisticated in depth hour-long primetime special.
Melissa Greenstein, executive producer, special projects; Keith King, consumer reporter;
Ryan Kath, Melissa Yeager, investigative reporters; Michael Butler, Andy Pollard,
special projects photographers.
To learn more about the duPont-Columbia Awards visit: journalism.columbia.edu/dupont