April 4, 2007
KMOV-TV's Investigative Unit Honored
IRE and RTNDA Recognize Their Investigative Reporting
ST. LOUIS -- KMOV Channel 4's full-time investigative team, "News 4 Investigates," is recognized with a series of prestigious awards.
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) honored KMOV-TV and "News 4 Investigates" for the series "Captive Victims." Chief investigative reporter Steve Chamraz, producer Steve Perron and photojournalist Steven Harris documented cases of staff on inmate sexual assault in Missouri and Illinois state prisons. The reporting team uncovered how the Missouri Department of Corrections refers a very small number of these cases for criminal prosecution, instead choosing to treat the majority as personnel matters closed to public scrutiny. The team also uncovered errors in the Illinois' reporting of these cases to the U.S. Department of Justice -- a violation of federal law.
IRE named "Captive Victims" a finalist for its annual award that honors the nation's most outstanding investigative journalism.
The Radio-Television News Directors Association honored KMOV-TV and "News 4 Investigates" with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.
The "News 4 Investigates" team received the Murrow in the "Hard News" category for their story "Party Patrol." It documented efforts by police, community groups and high school students to stop the sale of alcohol to minors. Chamraz was honored with an additional Murrow award for his news writing.
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