FOX 8 Wins Broadcast Journalism’s Most Prestigious Award For Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Columbia University has chosen FOX 8 News for broadcast journalism’s most prestigious honor, the Alfred I. duPont Award.

Lee Zurik’s extensive series, “Body of Evidence,” was among the winners announced Wednesday in New York.

The duPont Prize is considered the Pulitzer Prize for Broadcasting. With this win, FOX 8 becomes one of the few local television stations in duPont Awards history to win back-to-back years.

“Body of Evidence” was a 40+ part inquest into St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan. The series revealed millions of taxpayer dollars wasted while Galvan traveled around the world at public expense. “Body of Evidence” ended with Galvan pleading guilty in federal court.

“We are thrilled to see Lee Zurik and the FOX 8 Information Management and Investigative Team receive this recognition,” said Sandy Breland, vice president and general manager of WVUE. “Lee and his team spend countless hours working on stories that serve the public interest and make a difference in our community. This is the second year in a row that Zurik has received this honor and it shows that there is still room for serious, in-depth investigative journalism in broadcast newsrooms.”

‘Body of Evidence’ now joins ‘Dirty Deeds’ and ‘Hiding Behind the Badge’ as the third Lee Zurik investigation to receive the duPont Prize in the past two years

Donny Pearce, Mikel Schaefer, Greg Phillips, Tom Wright and Wes Cook are also honored with Zurik.

The awards ceremony will take place next month in New York.

You can watch our series at fox8live.com

http://www.fox8live.com/category/257852/body-of-evidence

Here is a list of the winners:

http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/1040-2014-winners/873

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