BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - WAFB-TV has been awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting. The annual award winners were announced Tuesday morning.
The award was based on a report by WAFB's Lead Investigative Reporter Kiran Chawla. Her report exposed potential safety violations at an area apartment complex that might have contributed to the electrocution of a toddler.
Several WAFB team members contributed to producing the report including Investigative Executive Producer Matt Stanley, Leah Ellsworth, Robert Hollins, Byron Thomas, Rick Portier, Jeff Marshall, Cheryl Craig and Kirk Michelet.
"I'm extremely proud of our team for being recognized for our work in investigative reporting," said WAFB News Director Robb Hays. "WAFB has a long history of producing quality investigative reporting and it's great to see the station recognized with such a prestigious award."
The regional award was judged against other investigative report entries from four states including Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The entry now goes on to a national competition with national winners being announced in June.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.