March 14, 2003
WFAA-TV named 2003 finalist in Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
Dallas, TX -- WFAA-TV is among six entries chosen as finalists for the 2003 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, awarded annually by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A WFAA-TV News 8 Investigates series of stories, "Fake Drugs, Real Lives," by reporter Brett Shipp and producer Mark Smith, was honored as a finalist Wednesday at a ceremony in Boston. The same segments were recognized earlier with a duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, the station's seventh such honor.
Launched in 1991, the Goldsmith Prize honors journalism which promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety and mismanagement, or instances of particularly commendable government performance.
"We are committed to local investigations and have a long history in Dallas/Fort," said WFAA-TV vice president/news, David Duitch. "Being recognized with the duPont, and now the Goldsmith award is a tribute to the professionalism of the News 8 staff. We are all extremely proud of these reports and the positive impact our journalism has had on the lives of the people affected."
"Fake Drugs, Real Lives" was a series of investigative reports that questioned the authenticity of drug seizures made by Dallas police and their paid confidential informants. These News 8 reports helped spur the dismissal of drug charges against more than 50 defendants.
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