WVUE Wins National Award for Investigative Reporting

WVUE Wins National Award for Investigative Reporting

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - WVUE is proud to announce Lee Zurik and his team have been honored with a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award.  The award, which is handed out by the Society for Professional Journalists, was for "Investigative Reporting" for the series "Swiped: Financial Mismanagement." 

This award marks the sixth Sigma Delta Chi award for Zurik and his team in the past six years.  

"Swiped" exposed a little-known Louisiana retirement system whose executive director spent recklessly on personal trips and fancy meals while simultaneously squandering nearly $150 million in retiree benefits. Our news series led to the board's executive director's resignation, an investigation by the legislative auditor and sweeping institutional changes.

Along with Zurik, Photographer/Editor Jon Turnipseed, Investigative Producer Tom Wright, and Assistant News Director/Special Projects Director Greg Phillips were recognized for their work.

The stated mission of the SPJ is to promote and defend the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press; encourage high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism; and promote and support diversity in journalism.

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