KTRK 13 Undercover's Wayne Dolcefino (along with Kevin Hirten and Colin McIntyre) was awarded IRE’s highest honor, an IRE Medal with his "Constable Corruption" series in the Broadcast/Video – Medium category.
Here are the comments from the IRE Medal judges:
"Constable Corruption" In this textbook IRE investigation done in a nontraditional style, KTRK-TV went after Houston-area law enforcement officials. Plowing through mountains of paperwork, data and sources, reporter Wayne Dolcefino and his team exposed a culture of corruption among the county’s entrenched constables that included appropriating charity and campaign funds for their own use and allowing employees to commit time sheet fraud. Dolcefino engages the viewer with his irreverent style and high production values, but beneath the entertainment is a rock-solid, water-tight, well-documented investigation. The station made extensive use of FOIA and fought back hard when denied. Its online presentation engaged the reader to follow the investigators as they pursued their targets. Several outside agencies are now investigating several constables offices. For the dogged and difficult pursuit of corruption in its own hometown, KTRK’S “Constable Corruption” is awarded IRE’s highest honor, an IRE Medal.
KTRK 13 Undercover's Wayne Dolcefino says stop copying my work