August 4, 2010

KING 5 Investigators Win Two Clarion Awards for Child Welfare Reports

Susannah Frame's "State of Injustice" stories recognized for excellence by The Association for Women in Communications

Seattle, WA - KING 5 investigative reporter Susannah Frame's series of reports exposing the state's failure of a foster child nicknamed "Poca" is the recipient of two 2010 Clarion Awards from The Association for Women in Communications (AWC).

Over the course of nine months, the KING 5 investigative team of Frame, producer Kellie Cheadle and photographer Steve Douglas aired multiple reports uncovering how state workers made mistakes, stonewalled the court system and broke laws in Poca's case. The state's actions left Poca in a state of injustice without a permanent home for years.

The series of stories led to the governor calling for a review of the entire child welfare system to address how long foster children are allowed to languish in the system. The review led to changes in state policies, initiatives and technology-based systems to help find permanency for foster children within state and federal legal time frames.

"Sometimes a news story is so compelling it can start a grass root effort to correct an injustice", said Mark Ginther, executive news director of KING 5 News. "We're honored that Susannah and the Investigators are recognized by the AWC, and we're most proud that ultimately, these series of investigative reports led to improvements for our state's foster care system."

The Clarion Awards are the most recent honor for "State of Injustice", which also won an Edward R. Murrow award, a regional Emmy, and an award from The Society of Professional Journalists earlier this year.

Last year, Jean Enersen, Pat Duggan and Ken Jones were recognized by the AWC for their KING 5 collaborative feature story on "Humoody", an Iraqi boy blinded by insurgent gunfire who received medical care in Seattle. Also in 2009, Lori Matsukawa was selected as Communicator of the Year by the Seattle Professional Chapter of the AWC. Lori's commitment to mentoring young professionals and her ongoing support of scholarship programs were key reasons cited by the selection committee.

The Clarions are named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity, and symbolize excellence in clear, concise, communications. Frame's investigative series won in the Television Feature Story category and the Television Investigative Series category.

The AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women in all fields of communications and recognizes distinguished professional achievements. The Clarion Awards, started in 1972 and presented by the AWC, are a renowned annual competition honoring excellence in more than 100 categories across all communication disciplines.

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