August 28, 2006
Channel 11 Investigation Wins National Award
HOUSTON -- KHOU-TV Channel 11 reporter Jeremy Desel and photojournalist Thomas Empey have won a 2006 Media Award from the International Association of Fire Fighters.
The first place award in the TV News Feature or Documentary category was given for their work on "Firefighters: Cancer," an 11News investigation of cancer risks Houston firefighters face when they enter burning buildings to fight fires. Three weeks after the story aired, the Texas legislature passed a law giving firefighters line-of-duty death benefits for cancer. Houston's IAFF chapter submitted the work for its national contest. The story aired in May of 2005.
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