CINCINNATI – KNXV, a Phoenix-based television station owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), has won a prestigious Peabody Award for its 2020 investigative series, “Full Disclosure.”
The investigation – a series of two dozen reports and a pair of documentary specials – exposed widespread and systemic problems with Arizona’s so-called “Brady” lists, which are supposed to track police officers in the state with documented histories of dishonesty, false arrests, crimes and integrity concerns.
As part of the series, the reporting team created the first-ever statewide public database of every officer on the “Brady” list. The station’s investigation prompted officials to launch multiple investigations, ended the careers of dishonest officers, forced county attorneys to increase transparency and pushed police union leaders to acknowledge the need for a misconduct database.
“KNXV’s investigation into Arizona’s ‘Brady’ lists is a powerful example of journalism’s role as a watchdog in our communities, bringing accountability to a broken system and effecting lasting change for the citizens of Arizona,” said Local Media President Brian Lawlor. “We are extremely proud of the persistent commitment our stations have to investigative reporting in their communities across the country.”
Chosen each year by a diverse board of jurors through unanimous vote, Peabody Awards are given in the categories of entertainment, documentary, news, podcast/radio, arts, children’s and youth, public service and multimedia programming.
The annual Peabody winners are a collection of 30 stories that powerfully reflect pressing social issues and vibrant emerging voices. From major productions to local journalism, the Peabody Awards elevate stories that defend the public interest, encourage empathy with others and expand understanding of the world around us.
“Full Disclosure” also was honored recently with a National Headliner Award and an IRE Award, an annual contest by the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization recognizing the best investigative reporting across the country.
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”
Rebecca McCarter, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3023, Rebecca.McCarter@scripps.com