Local Stations Get Noticed for Investigative Reporting

By Kevin Eck 

TVNewsCheck’s Diana Marszalek shined a light on some local stations for stories, to paraphrase her headline, that uncover the scary, the dangerous and the nasty.

Marszalek’s post pointed out Jeremy Finley, a reporter for Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV, for his story on possible security breaches at the Nashville airport and Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR for its story about Indiana inmates taking advantage of prison policies allowing them early release.  The article also highlights Birmingham, AL, CBS affiliate WIAT (pictured) for its report on the effect industrial pollution is having on a North Birmingham low-income neighborhood and WJBK, the FOX O&O in Detroit for revealing the practice of recycling used mattresses, then selling them as custom made.

“I think local news has a bad rap among purists,” Marszalek told TVSpy.  “But how can you not be impressed with an effort like WIAT’s in Birmingham? That project is huge for a news department of its size. And then there are stories like the one Jeremy Finley did on Nashville Airport employees bypassing screening, which really exposes a national issue. We all have to partially undress to get through security and thousands of people swipe a badge? That’s crazy stuff.”


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