"SoCal Connected" has won the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for its investigative coverage of the Los Angeles County's Children's Dependency Court. This marks the second duPont-Columbia Award for the award-winning series in three years.
"SoCal Connected" received the honor for its segment "Courting Disaster," an exclusive, in-depth investigation into Los Angeles County's Children's Dependency Court, the largest in the nation caring for more than 25,000 children. For the first time, television cameras were allowed inside the court and captured children awaiting decisions that would impact their futures while revealing tremendous overcrowding, delays and backlogs that plagued the system. The piece profiled the overwhelming caseloads that judges, attorneys and social workers carry; how additional budget cuts threaten to bring the justice system to a near standstill; and how the judicial system often works against families trying desperately to stay together or reunite.
Producer Karen Foshay and correspondent Jennifer London talk about some of the difficulties they faced getting this exclusive story.