Friday, January 15, 2010

KHOU 11 wins 2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award

KHOU 11 in Houston lets us know it has won a 2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. This is a big deal in broadcast journalism. The honor came for the 11 News Defenders one-hour special “Under Fire: Discrimination and Corruption in the Texas National Guard.” This is the fourth duPont-Columbia Award won by KHOU’s investigative team:

“Under Fire” was the culmination of a two-year investigation by the 11 News Defenders. During the course of their investigation, Reporter Mark Greenblatt, Executive Producer for Investigative David Raziq and Photojournalist Keith Tomshe unearthed a series of deep-rooted problems in the Texas National Guard that ultimately led to the firing of three top Generals.

The investigation found high-ranking female officers being pushed out of the National Guard through harassment, punishment and sabotage by an all-male leadership. It was then discovered that subsequent discrimination investigations were often mired at the highest levels. The unraveling continued when the Defenders exposed other forms of corruption, including embezzlement, double-billing and the funding of private businesses with National Guard resources.

You can watch the story here. Congrats to Greenblatt and the Defenders team. See the other stations that also won the award.

- KHOU 11 honored with a dozen Lone Star EMMY Awards
- KHOU 11's Mark Greenblatt wins national Emmy

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