NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - WVUE-FOX 8 Chief Investigative Reporter and News Anchor Lee Zurik and his investigative team have been honored with a Scripps Howard Award in the Television/Cable In-Depth Local Coverage category for their on-going investigative series "Medical Waste." A series of reports investigating health insurance companies overcharging customers for prescription drugs. The series has led to 11 lawsuits being filed in federal court.
"We couldn't be more proud of the work Lee and the team did on the Medical Waste series," said News Director Mikel Schaefer. "It's an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award and we are humbled to be included among some of the most relevant work in the country."
The Scripps Howard Award is given by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Company. The "Medical Waste" series was chosen among 860 other submissions from around the world across 15 different categories.
"This is a wonderful testament to the hard work and dedication our investigative unit puts into every investigation," said WVUE Vice President and General Manager, Tim Ingram. "Lee leads this great team in an effort to ensure that not only our viewers, but every citizen has a voice, making sure those we've entrusted to be in charge, don't abuse their power."
The entire investigative team of Lee Zurik, Jon Turnipseed, Tom Wright and Greg Phillips will be honored at the 64th Scripps Howard Awards celebration April 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio.