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9 On Your Side's I-Team adds 3 award-winning journalists

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Posted at 10:09 AM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 14:09:11-04

CINCINNATI – WCPO 9 On Your Side's award-winning I-Team is adding three skilled and experienced journalists to its investigative group. All three have significantly impacted the communities where they've worked and lived through award-winning journalism.

Craig Cheatham will join 9 On Your Side on Sept.12 as the I-Team's executive producer and as investigative reporter. Craig is an accomplished investigator who has helped enact change in the communities where he's worked. He has won more than 30 national journalism awards including the Peabody, Robert F. Kennedy, four Edward R. Murrow Awards, two Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) certificates and three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Batons.

“Craig is the perfect fit to lead the 9 On Your Side I-Team,” said Jeff Brogan, vice president and general manager of WCPO 9 On Your Side. “His investigations grab attention and high interest and they go a step further in empowering others to make significant changes in communities; it’s right in line with the nationally recognized I-Team which has been watching out for the best interests of Cincinnatians for over 20 years.”

9 On Your Side's I-Team has been around longer and won more awards than any other investigative team in the region. Its investigations have changed laws and resulted in better lives for many in Cincinnati.

"It's an honor to join the 9 On Your Side I-Team, which has a long tradition of producing great investigative journalism," said Cheatham. "As a reporter, my goal always is to be relentless, but fair in pursuit of the truth no matter where it takes us. WCPO and its parent company Scripps have a deep commitment to serious investigations that impact our communities. I'm proud to join the team."

Hillary Lake joined 9 On Your Side's I-Team in June of this year as investigative reporter. Hillary is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who's worked in three other television markets. She has a doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

9 On Your Side Multi-Media Journalist Tony Mirones rejoins the I-Team as producer and videographer. Mirones is a 10-time Emmy Award winner for photography, video editing, producing and reporting. He's also won three Ohio Associated Press Best Photographer Awards and three Ohio Associated Press Best Editor Awards.

About Scripps:
The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including multi-platform satire and humor brand Cracked, podcast industry leader Midroll Media and over-the-top video news service Newsy. Scripps also produces television shows including “THE LIST” and ”The Now,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, 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.”