June 16, 2008
KHOU-TV/DT 11 News Defenders Honored with National Casey Medal, Eight Lone Star Awards
HOUSTON -- KHOU-TV/DT 11 News Defenders recently received several awards for outstanding journalism a National Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism from the Journalism Center on Children and Families and eight Lone Star Awards in various categories from the Houston Press Club.
The Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism honors distinguished coverage of disadvantaged children and families. The 11 News Defenders took top honors in the category of Television-Short Form for their entry "In Harm's Way," an investigative series that exposed possible discrimination by Texas Child Protective Services against African-American children at risk in an effort to improve statistics. The Defenders team on this piece included Jeremy Rogalski, Reporter; Keith Tomshe, Photographer; Chris Henao, Producer and David Raziq, Executive Producer.
Judges commented about the series, "KHOU should be lauded for pressing a public records request and then pursuing the faces behind the numbers. Well-researched, thoroughly documented, the stories reveal racial bias and other flaws in the state's child protection system. The station deserves credit for investing the time and effort over months to nail down the story and the series sparked new government oversight and agency action."
The Houston Press Club recognized the 11 New Defenders with eight Lone Star Awards. The Lone Star Awards are presented each year in recognition of outstanding achievements in journalism and mass communication in the state of Texas. Amongst the eight honors, Mark Greenblatt was named Television Journalist of the Year. Judges commented on Greenblatt, saying "Mr. Greenblatt's work exemplifies outstanding in-depth reporting on topics important to his community. Mark's high standard of accuracy, quality and style in reporting are matched only by the profound impact of his stories." 11 News Reporter Jeremy Rogalski received third place in the same category.
Other Lone Star Awards presented to KHOU included:
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