FOX 8 earns two national Edward R. Murrow awards

WVUE FOX 8 News has received one of the nations top journalism honors by winning two National Edward R. Murrow awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association, which hands out the prestigious awards, made the announcement Tuesday morning. The RTDNA recognized two of Lee Zurik's investigations as some of the best work in the country.

FOX 8 news won in the Continuing Coverage category for Zurik's "Hiding Behind the Badge" investigation into former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle and businessman Aaron Bennett. Both plead guilty to federal corruption charges after the nearly year long investigation.

Zurik's "Swiped" investigation, which focused on government credit card abuse, won in the News Series category.

The investigative team behind the award winning work is Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips and Marcy Planer.

"Hiding Behind the Badge" has also been honored with two other national awards this year. The investigation won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Certificate as well the Society for Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award.

FOX 8's investigations have now won three National Edward R. Murrow's, two SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards and an IRE Certificate in the last two years.

To go along with the national awards the past two years, FOX 8 news has also won 11 regional Murrow awards and seven Suncoast Emmy's for broadcast excellence.