SoCal Connected is proud to announce that we have won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in broadcast news for our investigative reporting to hold public officials accountable.
The duPont-Columbia Award honors excellence in broadcast journalism and is considered equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize.
The duPont award committee praised our talented reporters and producers for:
...in-depth stories that exposed elected representatives who don’t do their jobs on the local, state and federal levels. KCET’s reporting teams showcased television journalism at its best in these stories.
The committee recognized SoCal for reporting in three separate areas: a series of stories that exposed the rapid, and often illegal growth of medical marijuana shops in Los Angeles; a six-month investigation that revealed negligence and fraud by CalOSHA, a state agency mandated to protect workers; and a series of reports on FEMA flood zone designations that forced some California homeowners to pay for expensive, mandatory flood insurance or lose their homes - even in areas that haven’t seen flooding in decades.
We are proud to say this is SoCal's second major award in 2010. Earlier this year we won the 2010 George Foster Peabody Award, another of journalism’s most prestigious honors.
Watch all of the award winning investigations below, and read the full press release here.
The talented crew that earned this award includes reporters John Larson, Steve Lopez, Judy Muller, and Vince Gonzales; producers Karen Foshay and Rick Wilkinson; anchor Val Zavala; senior producer Justine Schmidt; supervising producer Linda Burns; associate producers Brian Frank, Alexandria Gales and Lata Pandya; editors Alberto Arce and Michael Bloecher; graphic designer Robert Vega; web producer Steve Proffitt; web associate producer Brian Frank; and executive producer Bret Marcus.