FOX 8 wins most prestigious award in broadcast journalism

New Orleans, La. - Columbia University has honored FOX 8 News with the country's most prestigious award for journalism.

Winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award were announced Wednesday in New York, giving FOX 8 the honors for two Lee Zurik investigations, "Hiding Behind the Badge" and "Dirty Deeds".

The duPont Award is considered the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasting.  It's rare for a station to win for one story,  but the national award recognized two of Zurik's series.

"Hiding Behind the Badge" led to federal guilty pleas by former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle and businessman Aaron Bennett.

"Dirty Deeds" is a nearly two-year investigation into descendants of three former governors, including Huey Long, earning millions of dollars from oil leases secured in the 1930's.

Also honored with Zurik are Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips, Wes Cook, Tom Wright and Marcy Planer.

FOX 8 is one of only three local stations in the country to win the duPont.

The award ceremony will be held next month in New York.