Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Best In News Winners

CATEGORY: WATCHDOG NEWS

EXCLUSIVE: Plainview Pinhole Leaks Investigation

NBC New York

Pei-Sze Cheng, Reporter     David Hiller, Video Journalist

WNBC SUBMISSION: Before we aired our stories, a series on a pinhole leak problem among customers of the Plainview Water District, the water district was adamant that they were not responsible for the leaks and also had no responsibility to check their water supply. An informal survey by the I-team revealed there might be 200 something victims.
But after several stories by the I-team, including the one that we link to in this submission, the water district changed its mind. We connected the Plainview Water District to Virginia Tech professor and premier water corrosion expert, Marc Edwards who believes the water in Plainview could be causing the pinhole leaks. The water district then sent out surveys to every water customer in their area to conduct a pinhole leak survey. They soon discovered, just one week after the surveys were mailed out, that there were at least 500 victims and possibly more.
Because of our stories, the Plainview Water District is taking an active role in understanding the pinhole leak problem and doing more water testing.

CATEGORY: ROBERT W. GREENE AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

EXCLUSIVE: Turf Trouble

CBS New York

Carolyn Gusoff, Reporter    Joe Garufi,  Photographer 

CBS2 SUBMISSION: This was an investigation that revealed that faulty artificial turf fields, prematurely deteriorating around the world, were bought by unwitting schools and municipalities across Long Island.  Through months of investigating, all while filing my daily deadline news stories, I inspected dozens of fields, compared Google Earth images, and interviewed dozens.  The story is now being used to inform financial decisions by taxpayer turf consumers.  Since its airing, I have been contacted by school districts and municipalities now reviewing their legal options and assessing their field’s condition to determine if they were ripped off.  The NYS Attorney General’s Office is reviewing the evidence and nj.com just completed an exhaustive investigative series prompted by this original story.

EXCLUSIVE: Police and Immigrants   

WSHU public radio

Charles Lane, Reporter

WSHU SUBMISSION: This story highlighted the problems that immigrants in Suffolk County were facing at the hands of the Suffolk Police Department. It has led to better dialogue between the department and immigrant groups.

CATEGORY: SEAN FANELLI AWARD IN EDUCATIONAL REPORTING

EXCLUSIVE: At Face Value Aging Simulator

MYLITV

Waldo Cabrera, Video Journalist

CATEGORY: PUBLIC POLICY NEWS

EXCLUSIVE: Pride & Prejudice

long island business news

Adina Genn, Reporter

LIBN SUBMISSION: This story had a demonstrable impact because it pointed to the lack of protection for the LGBT community in Nassau County, where the late Leg. Judy Jacobs said she spent four years trying to add the term “gender identity and gender expression” to a comprehensive human rights bill that was already passed, but could never bring the measure to the floor. This story gained a lot of traction on social media, and was repeatedly re-Tweeted by The LGBT Network.

CATEGORY: ENTERPRISE REPORTING

EXCLUSIVE: Swastikas in the Church

FiOS1 News

Kevin Vesey, Reporter

FiOS1 News SUBMISSION: The Church had the symbols removed.

EXCLUSIVE: Red Light Camera Rage

WSHU public radio

Charles Lane, Reporter

EXCLUSIVE: Spaced Out

long island business news

David Winzelberg, Reporter

LIBN SUBMISSION: The story evoked feedback from taxpayer advocate groups and some Suffolk County legislators who pledged to better scrutinize future proposals for public open space purchases.

CATEGORY: FEATURE STORY

Ku Klux Klan Flyers

FiOs1 news

Cecilia Dowd, Reporter

Flags in Ceremony

wpix11

Keith Lopez, Video Journalist

CATEGORY: BREAKING NEWS STORY

Brentwood Double Murders

1010wins 

1010WINS Staff

EXCLUSIVE: Crossing Guard Struck, Killed

CBS New York

Jennifer McLogan, Reporter  Frank Maestre, Photographer 

CBS2 SUBMISSION: We were first on the scene in this tragedy that touched Hempstead Village. We exclusively interviewed trucker, witnesses and then the beloved crossing guard’s family. Since our story, the intersection has been renamed in her honor– and her husband has invited me into their home.

CATEGORY: CONTINUING NEWS STORY

EXCLUSIVE: Calling 911- Is Anyone Listening?

Nassau County 911 Places Woman on Hold 
Long Island Call Center Dangerously Understaffed

nbc New York

Greg Cergol, Reporter  John Albertson, Photographer   Justin Laub, Photographer

Allegations of Racism in the Workplace, and a Questionable Police Investigation

wpix11

Jay Dow, Reporter     Thomas Cassidy, Chief Photographer

WPIX11 SUBMISSION: WPIX-TV Correspondent Jay Dow and Chief Photographer Thomas Cassidy came upon this story late in the day on Friday, July 29th, 2016. Dow and Cassidy drove from the station’s Manhattan’s headquarters to Hempstead, Long Island – during the Friday evening rush hour – to interview the victim and his attorney. Three hours later, the station went to air with the disturbing allegations involving a White car dealership manager’s allegedly racist behavior toward his Black salesman.

From the outset of our reporting, we zeroed in on the Hempstead Police Department’s handling of this case (i.e. the type of criminal charges). The department was evasive and contradictory in statements made to our news team during the story gathering process. Our questions were affirmed shortly after we alerted the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office to our findings. The D.A.’s office subsequently stepped in and opened its own investigation into this matter, while expressing skepticism and displeasure over the way the Hempstead P.D. initially handled the case.

We are now waiting to find out if there will be a grand jury investigation in this case. We intend to stay on this story through its conclusion – whatever that may be; allowing this case to be ‘swept under the rug’ without scrutiny – is not an option. It is our belief there is a reasonable chance the initial criminal charges in this case (filed by the Hempstead P.D.) would have been dropped, or significantly downgraded, if not for WPIX-TV’s continued and dedicated reporting on this case.

CATEGORY: SCIENCE NEWS

EXCLUSIVE: Vaccine Patch

ABC7 Eyewitness News

Kristin Thorne, Reporter     Matt Andersen, Photographer

ABC7 SUBMISSION: What if getting a vaccine could be as simple as putting on a bandage? Researchers on Long Island are working to make that idea a reality.

CATEGORY: CONSUMER ISSUES NEWS

EXCLUSIVE: Grandmother Scammed by Fake IRS Agent

CBS NEW YORK

Jennifer McLogan, Reporter   

Frank Maestre, Photographer

CATEGORY: ECONOMIC/BUSINESS FEATURE

Money & Main Street: Madame Walker

FiOS1 News

Giovanna Drpic, Reporter

Exclusive: Not Taking Their Leave

Long Island Business News

Bernadette Starzee, Reporter

LIBN SUBMISSION: It raised awareness of the growing trend of men taking paternity leave and the fact that there is still a stigma attached to it.

CATEGORY: ANIMAL WELFARE NEWS

EXCLUSIVE: Long Island Great White Shark Nurseries

ABC7 Eyewitness News

Amy Freeze, Reporter     

CATEGORY: IMMIGRATION FEATURE

EXCLUSIVE: Two Towns – 3000 Miles – One History

wshu Public radio

Will James, Reporter     

CATEGORY: ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE

Restaurant Hunter: Long Island Cool Desserts

FiOS1 News

Rob Petrone, Host/Executive Producer     

It’s a COUP DE DRAG at Cherry Grove’s Invasion of the Pines 2016

mylitv

Waldo Cabrera, Host/Executive Producer    

CATEGORY: HISTORICAL FEATURE

Exclusive: Our Community: Montford Point Marines

FiOS1 News PUSH PAUSE

Archie Snowden, Video Journalist   Vivian Hernandez Ortiz, Senior Producer    

FiOS1 Push Pause SUBMISSION: This story had an impact on LI schools and viewers because they recognized that this select group of local African American Veterans, who fought as Montford Point Marines in WWII, are living history sharing their stories of discrimination and resilience.

CATEGORY: POLITICAL FEATURE

Demanding Answers: Nassau County Finances

cbs new york

Jennifer McLogan, Reporter  

Frank Maestre, Photographer

CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENT FEATURE

Exclusive: Bethpage Plume

wshu public radio

Jessica Opatich, Reporter  JD Allen, Producer

WSHU SUBMISSION: We aired the first piece on February 18th, and followed up on developments since then. It has helped keep the pressure on local officials to get the Navy and Northrup Grumman to monitor and clean up the plume.

CATEGORY: SMART GROWTH NEWS OR FEATURE

Wyandanch Rising: Long Island Business Report Special

wLIW

Jim Paymar, Host 

Producers: Liz Muentes, Lauren Witte

Consulting Executive Producer: Ed Hersh

Consulting Producer: Hazel Gurland-Pooler

Editor: Steve W. Thompson

Executive in Charge of Production: John Servidio

 

CATEGORY: AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEWS

Homeless in Suffolk

cbs new york

Carolyn Gusoff, Reporter      Joe Garufi, Photographer 

CATEGORY: SPOT NEWS

Stranded Whale is Euthanized

NBC new york

Greg Cergol, Reporter    Jeff Richardson, Photographer  John Albertson, Photographer

CATEGORY: HEALTH NEWS

Hope from a Miracle Drug

ABC7 Eyewitness News

Kristin Thorne, Reporter     Steve Jacobowitz, Photographer

 

9-11 Responders Neuropathy

WLNY-TV 10/55

Richard Rose, Reporter

Poison Pills

long island business news

Claude Solnik, Reporter

CATEGORY: HEALTH FEATURE

CATEGORY: ART/CULTURAL FEATURE

CATEGORY: BEST TALK SHOW/MAGAZINE

Exit 10/55-Long Island

WLNY-TV 10/55

Richard Rose, Host

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