The 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winners have been announced.
The awards, which were founded in 1942, recognize the best in investigative journalism in network, cable TV, radio and local stations. The winners will be awarded on January 25, 2017.
Four local stations were recognized for their investigative pieces: Austin Texas NBC affiliate KXAN, Hartford NBC-owned station WVIT, Indianapolis, Indiana NBC affiliate WTHR and Atlanta, Georgia NBC affiliate WXIA.
Here’s a look at the winning locals:
“Racial Profiling Whitewash”
This massive data-driven investigation uncovered overwhelming evidence that law enforcement was subverting racial profiling statistics by consistently misreporting the race of minority motorists during traffic stops.
One viewer’s tip led to dozens of stories in a hard-hitting investigative series that exposed crumbling basement walls in hundreds of homes, uncovering the cause and its connection to a single concrete company.
“Charity Caught on Camera”
WTHR-TV’s shocking undercover investigation exposed deplorable conditions and staggering mismanagement at a local rescue mission where tons of food and items donated for the homeless never made it to those who needed it most.
“Dying For Help: Fixing The Nation’s Emergency Response System”
This ongoing series of investigative reports first broke the news nationally, and then helped prompt a solution for the systemic failures in an obsolete 911 system in which first responders can’t find cell phone callers during half of all emergencies, even deadly ones.