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  • All That Glitters: Genesis Diamonds

    An investigation into certain diamonds sold worldwide, and locally by Nashville's most popular jeweler. The stones had laboratory paperwork that exaggerated their value and greatly disappointed many customers. Our investigation first sparked lawsuits against the jeweler, then major changes in the diamond industry worldwide, including the de-listing of certain certified diamonds, and ultimately the closing of EGL International, the laboratory whose grading was widely questioned and criticized throughout the industry.

    Tags: Nashville; diamonds; lawsuits; EGL International; broadcast

    By Demetria Kalodimos; Zina Bauman; Jim Garbee; Zina Bauman

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • It Is What It Is

    Using hidden cameras, Jeremy and Jason Finley found that the city of Nashville was ripe with nepotism and poor work habits. What was found were several cases of elected officials hiring their family members for jobs that were never advertised and in some cases substantial raises were given.

    Tags: nepotism; elected officials; broadcast; hidden camera

    By Jeremy Finley; Jason Finley

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • A Failure to Warn

    The investigation shows why flood predictions for Nashville have been very inaccurate. The Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service had not alerted the government or the public that water was being released into the Cumberland River. The reporter finds that the two agencies barely communicated during the floods, leading to the spread of incorrect information.

    Tags: Army Corps of Engineers; floods; National Weather Service; dam; flood prediction

    By Jeremy Finley

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • Deception of the Desperate

    The WSMV investigation "exposed how a Nashville-based company was deceiving people all across the country who were desperate for insurance. Many of these customers had serious illnesses, like AIDS and cancer, and could not get full coverage insurance. They found the company was telling consumers they were getting full coverage insurance, when in fact they were buying basic discount cards that barely paid any of their expenses. "

    Tags: insurance; fraud; consumer safety; medical insurance; health insurance

    By Jeremy Finley

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • The Death of Steve McNair

    The police concluded in the investigation of the death of Steve McNair that it was a murder-suicide. He was killed by his girlfriend, who later shot and killed herself. But CBS News investigated the murder and found a different conclusion. This investigation revealed significant mistakes and contradiction made by the police, which raised critical questions.

    Tags: National Football League (NFL); quarterback; Sahel Kazemi; Adrian Gilliam; Tennessee; Titans; Nashville; weapons; guns; mystery

    By Armen Keteyian; Pia Malbran; Anthony Batson; Zev Shalev

    CBS The Early Show


  • The Versed Protocol

    An emergency protocol in Nashville to use injections of a powerful tranquilizer, called Versed, does not require patient consent to be administered to restrain the person during "excited delirium."

    Tags: sedative; taser; restraint; euphoria; midazolam; hospital; psychiatric care;

    By Demetria Kalodimos; David Sussman

    WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • NewsChannel 5 Investigates: The Ticket Fix

    The NewsChannel 5 "investigation discovered a systemic problem with parking and speeding tickets being fixed in the city of Nashville. Among the beneficiaries: friends of cops and judges, politicians, Tennessee Titans, even court employees. Out of 136,000 parking tickets in a two-year period, 16,000 were dismissed without explanation. Out of 166,000 speeding tickets, 14,000 were dismissed without explanation."

    Tags: traffic violations; tickets; fixing; Tennessee

    By Phil Williams; Bryan Staples

    WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • Firm Beliefs

    The idea for this story came to light during a murder investigation. WTVF uncovered evidence linking the child-abuse death of an 8-year-old boy in the Atlanta area to the teachings of his family's church. The church, located just outside of Nashville, was started by Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin. Despite Shamblin's denials, the investigation uncovered church tapes that documented how she had instructed her followers to severely discipline their children. Among the tapes: a conference call in which the mother was applauded for locking her child in his room for days.

    Tags: faith teachings; religious teachings; religious teachings and child abuse; Gwen Shamblin; Tennessee

    By Phil Williams;Bryan Staples

    WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)


  • Faith amid growing Masses: Collin sees Baptist stronghold fade as wave of Catholics migrates to area

    In the last 10 years in Dallas and Collin counties, a 50-year trend in religious affiliation has been reversed. Catholicism has become the dominant religion in previously Baptist strongholds. The story, based on data from the Census and the Glenmary Research Center in Nashville, Tenn., examines how migration over the years has changed the religious makeup and how that in turn has changed communities.

    Tags: faith; religion; Baptists; Catholics; demographics

    By Linda Stewart Ball and Paula Lavigne

    Dallas Morning News


  • Show and Tell Tape #1

    2004 IRE National Conference (Atlanta) Show and Tell Tape #1 features the following stories: 1)Phil Williams (WTVF-Nashville) A hidden camera investigation proves that special interest lobbyists are buying Tennessee lawmakers. 2)Stephen Stock (WESH-Orlando) An investigation into new home inspections found inspectors conducting too many inspections daily with a passing rate as high as 99 percent in one county. 3)Anna Werner and David Raziq (KHOU-Houston) Children as young as 11-years-old were being physically abused at the juvenile probation department in Harris County, Texas. 4)Tony Pipitone (WKMG-Orlando)The Brevard School District in Orlando requested additional funding from the federal government for poorer schools but put that money toward helping the district as a whole. 5)Brian Collister (WOAI-San Antonio) A national report claimed that San Antonio police were among the best in the country for not targeting minority motorists, but an investigation proved police officers skewed the data. 6) Jacqueline McLean (KGMB-Honolulu) A cemetery that hasn't been licensed in nine years makes room for more bodies by removing old ones. 7) Chris Halsne (KIRO-Seattle) Mapping software found 605 sex offenders living near day cares statewide. None of the day cares were ever notified. 8) Bog Segall (WITI-Milwaukee) Many inmates use their phone privileges to call their victims, intimidating them in the hopes they won't show up at trial. 9)Larry Posner (Inside Edition) An investigation into Pitts, one of the largest door-to-door magazine sellers in the country, found the company charging high rates, abusing employees and hiring felons. 10)Randy Travis (WAGA-Atlanta) This undercover investigation found a state court judge having 19 drinks and then getting in his car to drive. 11)Jim Strickland (WSB-Atlanta) This investigation exposed forgery and fraud by an Atlanta Booting company. 12)Bebe Emerman (KIRO-Seattle) A problem with the powercord of one brand of oscillating fans was linked to 20 house fires. 13)Elisabeth Leamy (WTTG) This story discusses the lives of those held in concentration camps and the Nazi tattoos they received.

    Tags: tape; show and tell; investigative; Atlanta; no transcripts; IRE

    By None

    2004 IRE Annual Conference (Atlanta)