Scripps newsrooms earn four National Emmy Award nominations

Fri, July 22, 2016 by Valerie Miller

CINCINNATI – Investigations and political watchdog journalism from four different newsrooms of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) earned nominations for the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominations for the Scripps Washington Bureau, Newsy, KGTV in San Diego and KNXV in Phoenix. Those two Scripps TV stations are among only nine local markets recognized with regional Emmy Awards that are now in contention for a National Emmy Award.

Scripps Washington Bureau:
The Scripps National Investigative team produced an in-depth segment of its Under the Radar project for PBS NewsHour. The investigation exposed problems when convicted military sex offenders return to civilian life. As a result of the investigation, President Obama signed bi-partisan legislation into law that closed a loophole enabling military sex offenders to evade registering with civilian law enforcement. The Scripps Washington Bureau received a Peabody Award in 2015 for this investigation.

Newsy: Over-the-top video news network Newsy received a nomination for its ongoing Check 2016 series, a first-of-its-kind interactive fact check for the presidential campaign trail. The series provides the facts behind political rhetoric and enables viewers to investigate at their own pace. This series also earned a nomination from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for a Webby Award.

KGTV: Police Power, a Culture of Corruption was a 30-minute special that highlighted KGTV’s relentless reporting into the San Diego Police Department. Sources, video and a dogged pursuit to uncover criminal behavior within the department revealed a code of silence where some officers abused the powers of their badge while others kept quiet. Ultimately, the police chief resigned over a series of issues, several of which were exposed by KGTV-10News. The investigation earned a regional Emmy Award and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

KNXV: Arizona’s Dental Dangers was an investigation by KNXV-ABC15 that delved into the state’s lack of oversight of bad dentists and failures of the system to prevent dentists from abusing patients. ABC15 Investigates shared story after story of patients who suffered greatly and a dental board that did little to protect patients and took steps that resulted in hiding information from the public. The multi-part series caused a major reaction from Arizona lawmakers. It changed not only how the state regulated dentists but all licensed professions in the state.

“These are stellar examples of storytelling that shines light in the darkest corners of this country,” said Rich Boehne, chairman, CEO and president of Scripps. “From criminals in the military who had the freedom to abuse again to corruption in the police ranks in San Diego to the abuse patients suffered at the hands of unchecked dentists, Scripps journalists spent months digging through documents, interviewing sources and holding government officials accountable. Each investigation resulted in a change for the better in local communities and across the nation.

“In addition, the Newsy series continues to provide a valuable service to voters who are empowered by truthful information in an arena that skirts the truth on a regular basis. Scripps takes great pride in this caliber of journalism, and we appreciate the national recognition.”

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will announce winners in 46 categories on Sept. 21 in New York City.

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