For years, people of color in Minnesota had claimed they were discriminated against by security guards in department stores who routinely targeted them for surveillance as shoplifters. KSTP conducted a four-month undercover investigation of this practice in several local department stores, even though they were major advertisers on the station. Using hidden cameras and planting researchers as a security guard in training and as test shoppers, KSTP documented blatant discrimination against African-American shoppers. The three-part series resulted in a consumer boycott, and two department stores canceled advertising on KSTP. Eventually 30 Minnesota retailers agreed to change their security practices.
The breakdown of the child welfare system in dealing with chronic child abuse cases is the subject of this hour-long documentary about the family history and short life of Adam Mann. Producer Carole Langer had covered the Mann family for the 1985 "Frontline" program. She used that early coverage to build a compelling investigation of seven more years of brutality in a family that was repeatedly in contact with welfare officials who never intervened effectively. "Frontline" tracks this heartbreaking history without flinching.
Carole Langer, Luke Sacher, Robert Gearty, Marion Dane, Gary Ronn, Joshua Landis, Luisa Ferrari, Anna Celada, Robert Sheppard, Leslie Hankey, Ben Anderson, Ron Stellar, Cindy Mollo, John Sniado, Robin Parmelee, Hesh Shorey, Colleen Wilson, Teja Arboleda, Mary Fenton, Tom Pugh, Doug Martin, Alison Kennedy, Jack Foley, Mason Daring, Martin Brody, June Cross, Jim Gilmore, Joe Rosenbloom III, Jim Bracciale, Stephanie Murphy, Diane Hebert, Mary Elizabeth Canning, Miri Navasky, Erika D. Kinan, Robert O'Connell, Karen L. Roach, Kai Fujita, Marrie Campbell, Michael Sullivan, Martin Smith, Louis Wiley, Jr., David Fanning
This news magazine for children ages 8 to 12 is a unique contribution to television, produced with imagination and humor. The stories in this half-hour program cover local and global subjects in terms that children can absorb and discuss. The format allows host Linda Ellerbee to debate serious issues with a small group of children, encouraging them to put their own interpretation on the news. "W/5," which takes its name from the five W’s of Who, What, When, Where and Why, aired four times last season. Now it is a weekly feature of Nickelodeon’s cable service.
Linda Ellerbee, Rolfe Tessem, Bob Brienza, Robert Hersh, Chichi Pierce, Mark Lyons, Debbie Diclementi, Andy Aaron, Cynthia Bernbach, Betsy Osha, Heidi Schulman, Anne-Marie Cunniffe, Susanna Nicholson, Murr Lebey, Woody Thompson, Joe Curiale, Todd Ruff, Dan Rather, Gwen Billings, Jay Mulvaney
In this three-part investigative series for its late-night local news, the WCPO I-Team takes on the complex international trade issue of products manufactured abroad but falsely labeled as American to qualify for sale to the Pentagon. The story was central to the economy of Cincinnati, once the world capital of machine tool manufacturing. Cincinnati lost out to Japan and Florence, Ky., which is now the home of Mazak, a subsidiary of a Japanese industrial giant. With the help of a former Mazak employee, a whistle-blower who had been ignored by the federal government, the series proved that through false labeling and documentation federal law was violated --at the cost of many jobs in Cincinnati.
Stuart Zanger, Karl Idsvoog, Clyde Gray, Jeff Keene
Although it was against U.S. regulations on imports and contrary to assurance given by the Chinese government, goods produced by prison laborers--primarily political prisoners--in the People’s Republic of China still made their way into this country. With the help of a Chinese expatriate who had been imprisoned for 19 years, Ed Bradley and "60 Minutes" went uncover and used hidden cameras to document the practices in five Chinese labor camps and in the offices of Hong Kong merchants. This story appeared as the U.S. Senate prepared to give most-favored-nation status to China.
Don Hewitt, David Gelber, Ed Bradley, Doug Hamilton, Anthony Baldo