A series of reports investigating contracts awarded by the Tennessee governor's office

WTVF-TV's unit NewsChannel 5 Investigates devoted seven months to this investigation of $200 million in state contracts that were awarded to Tennessee Governor Donald Sundquist's closest friends and campaign contributors. The station also revealed how the governor violated his own ethics policy by accepting gifts. The reporting is carefully detailed, taking the viewer through a complicated web of personal relationships, government agencies and private businesses. The station aired more than 20 reports and stood up to the loss of substantial advertising dollars pulled by the state's highway safety program. These reports resulted in state and federal investigations as well as tighter controls on state contracts.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates, Phil Williams, investigative reporter; Bryan Staples, photojournalist; Mike Cutler, news director.

Original stories: newschannel5.com/category/85871/nc5-investigates-friends-in-high-places

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