FOX 8 wins prestigious Peabody Award for "Louisiana Purchased"

FOX 8 News is proud to announce our joint investigation with | The Times-Picayune has won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award.

One of the most prestigious journalism awards, The Peabody is given to the best work in electronic media in the United States.

Here is what the Peabody Award committee had to say about "Louisiana Purchased."

"Plenty big, never easy, this extensive joint TV-newspaper investigation of Louisiana campaign financing - who gives and gets what - put influence peddlers and buyers on notice and provided TV-news operations around the country a template for ambitious digging."

High praise from an organization that has awarded excellence in storytelling through electronic media since 1940.

Since the middle of last year, our collaboration exposed illegal activities, questionable practices and toothless ethics enforcement in Louisiana's campaign finance system.

Our stories focused on the leading sources of financial support for politicians and candidates in our state.

"This is an incredible honor for WVUE and | The Times-Picayune," said FOX 8 General Manager Sandy Breland. "It's gratifying to see those who spent countless hours working on this series recognized in this way. But, even more rewarding is that our joint effort produced the kind of journalism that has impact prompting change and reform."

"We are proud of our partnership with WVUE, which has resulted in great watchdog journalism in the service of this community," said Jim Amoss, | The Times-Picayune's editor and vice president of content.

The Peabody's international roster of 46 winners produced everything from news and documentaries to entertainment and children's programming.

Other winners for journalism include, WBZ for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and a pair of investigations in Seattle and Nashville.

The awards will be presented at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, May 19.

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