CINCINNATI -- WCPO 9 On Your Side’s investigative unit, the I-Team, has been honored with a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award for large market investigative reporting.
The I-Team’s Chief Investigator Brendan Keefe and Executive Producer Jennifer Cobb received national recognition for outstanding investigative reporting for “911 Roulette .” The series focused on the lack of medically trained emergency assistance operators in the City of Cincinnati.
The I-Team’s reports exposed alarming evidence that many of the city’s 911 operators had no medical training and in some instances delayed or even hung up on callers after emergency responders were dispatched.
The stories helped change policies, led to more medically trained operators and improved the safety of citizens in Cincinnati.
“It’s always an honor to receive recognition from our peers in journalism, but the greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that we revealed dangerous flaws in the Cincinnati 911 system and got them fixed,” said Keefe.
In addition to this national award, this series of 911 reports also won two regional Murrow Awards, an Ohio Associated Press Award and a Society of Professional Journalists Greater Pro Chapter Award and multiple regional EMMY awards nominations.
“A national Murrow Award represents a high level of investigative journalism that gets results and helps improve the community,” said Alex Bongiorno, news director at WCPO 9 On Your Side. “I am proud our team was recognized for its due diligence and the fact that this investigation helped make the Queen City safer.”
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards for over forty years.
Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.