December 17, 2007
KHOU-TV named Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University 2008 News Award Winner
HOUSTON KHOU-TV/DT 11 News is one of only five U.S. local television stations honored this year with the Silver Baton awarded by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. "Rules of the Game," an investigative report by the 11 News Defenders exposed an unusual aspect of Texas law that allows prosecutors to withhold evidence from the defense before trial.
"This is the third Silver Baton earned by the 11 News Defenders," said Keith Connors, Executive News Director, "Everyday our investigative team strives to use the power of television for good and we're honored to be recognized with this most prestigious award."
In their comments the judges said "This powerful six-minute report is a model of investigative reporting by a local station. It reveals a local loop-hole in one of the basic principles of American justice the right of defendants to all evidence against them before trial. The report reveals how prosecutors withhold evidence in police, eyewitness and lab reports, sometimes resulting in wrongful convictions and long prison terms."
The Silver Baton, awarded for outstanding broadcast journalism, is inscribed with the famous observation by Edward R. Murrow about the role of television. "This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determine to use it to those ends."
"That's the kind of reporting we are here to do," adds Connors, "By shining a light on injustice we hope the 11 News Defenders can inspire change."
11 News Defenders duPont Columbia University 2008 News Award honorees are: Jeremy Rogalski, reporter; Chris Henao, producer; Keith Tomshe, photojournalist and editor; David Raziq, executive producer for investigative reporting; Keith Connors, news director.
KHOU-TV/DT is one of three Belo stations to receive the 2008 Silver Baton, joining KMOV-TV/DT, St. Louis for "Left Behind: The Failure of East St. Louis Schools," and WFAA-TV/DT, Dallas for "Television Justice."
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