Our journalists are changing lives, bettering communities and entertaining millions with their relentless reporting, creative storytelling and commitment to uncovering the truth. The work on this page represents some of the company’s winners of its 2023 Give Light Awards – an annual celebration recognizing employees who embody the Scripps mission every day and bring news, information and entertainment to all the communities we serve.
Scripps News’ documentary “In Real Life: Attacked Behind the Wheel,” produced in partnership with The Center for Public Integrity, features women truck drivers who say the companies they work for could do more to protect women from assault and harassment while on the road. Scripps News’ six-month investigation identified more than 30 women driving or training to drive commercial trucks who said they were sexually abused by their trainers or co-drivers in the past 18 years at companies that run apprenticeships with the U.S. Department of Labor.
The team at Fox 4 demonstrated incredible dedication to each other and their community when Hurricane Ian struck in Fall 2022. WFTX Fox 4 successfully delivered live wall-to-wall coverage that kept the public informed and safe during an almost category 5 hurricane. Fox 4 sustained this live coverage on the air while moving its entire News operation and staff twice — once to the safety of an inland public TV studio on a college campus, and once more to return to the station once it was safe. And while a legacy station in the market was knocked off the air for five days by flooding, Fox 4 never left its viewers’ side, and the style, tone and quality of its coverage helped propel the station in the market.
In an ongoing body of work, the 7 News I-Team at WKBW in Buffalo, New York, has challenged secrecy at New York State Police operations and uncovered wrongdoing through a diligent and methodical pursuit of police personnel files.
WTKR in Norfolk, Virginia, created a series of six local comedy shows to air in the summer. The show presents local and regional comics performing before a live studio audience in the historic Howard E. Mills Auditorium at WTKR Studios in downtown Norfolk.
KMGH Denver7 has created an easy way for people to help others in their community through Denver7 Gives, an initiative of the Scripps Howard Fund. In the last year, the team opened more than 20 different campaigns. They replaced a stolen van used to feed the homeless, found apartments for displaced families, built an adaptive playground for a child with special needs, and when a devastating wildfire left nothing but heartbreak in its wake, Denver7 Gives They raised 800-thousand-dollars, with three-hundred-thousand-dollar dedicated to a housing fund to help the many victims who were underinsured and needed immediate help and roofs over their heads.
“The Uncle Al Show” is one of the most iconic TV shows in the history of Cincinnati television. For the first time, WCPO 9 looks back on what the show meant to thousands of children and how it connected a community in a new documentary, “Cincinnati’s Uncle Al.”
KNXV – ABC15 Investigators in Phoenix looked at hidden misconduct in one Maricopa County courtroom and problems with the judicial investigation system. To bring the story to its community, the team relied on sources developed over more than a decade of reporting and an insider willing to speak to the team. The result was a powerful look at judicial misconduct and an examination of what can be done to shed light on it so that it doesn’t happen elsewhere.
With “Breaking Their Silence,” the WEWS Investigative Team in Cleveland was relentless in the pursuit of truth amid decades-old allegations of child abuse at the hands of nuns at Parmadale Children’s Village. The special is dedicated to telling the stories of the courageous abuse survivors – women who are now in their late 50s and 60s – who for the first time are being compensated for their suffering.
Beginning in February 2022 and continuing into 2023, the “Revealed” investigation shined a light on Tennessee’s Capitol Hill, giving viewers unprecedented insight into a legislative process where the state’s supermajority depends on well-financed special interests to maintain power and, in turn, often does the bidding of those special interests. As a result of WTVF’s investigation, the Tennessee statehouse has created a system to make amendments publicly available before votes.