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IRE Members Win Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards

Brian Ross, chief investigative correspondent for ABC News’ 20/20, received the award for his investigation into the failure of USA Swimming, the national governing board assigned to protect young female swimmers. Other members of the news team were Megan Chuchmach, producer; Avni Patel, producer; Tom Marcyes, Jack Pyle, editors; Rhonda Schwartz, chief investigative producer; David Sloan, executive producer, and Mark Schone, digital managing editor.

CBS News, 60 Minutes: The Blowout. Scott Pelley and his team won the award for a two-part investigation into the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. Other members of the news team were: Jeff Fager, executive producer; Bill Owens, executive editor; Michael Radutzky, senior producer; Graham Messick, producer, and Solly Granatstein, producer.

KCET, Los Angeles, won for a series of reports on the rapid and often illegal growth of medical marijuana shops. The news team included: John Larson, Steve Lopez, Judy Muller, Vince Gonzales, reporters; Karen Foshay, Rick Wilkinson, producers; Val Zavala, anchor; Justine Schmidt, senior producer; Linda Burns, supervising producer; Alexandria Gales, Lata Pandya, associate producers; Alberto Arce, Michael Bloecher, editors; Robert Vega, graphics; Steve Proffitt, web producer; Brian Frank, web associate producer, and Bret Marcus, executive producer.

KING-TV, Seattle and Susannah Frame won for Waste on the Water, a series on the misused tax dollars in the Seattle ferry system. The news team also included: Kellie Cheadle, producer; Steve Douglas, photographer; Doug Burgess, photographer, and Mark Ginther, news director.

9News/KUSA-TV, Denver, won for Keys to the Castle, an investigation into foreclosure fraud. The news team included: Jace Larson, investigative reporter; Nicole Vap, investigative executive producer, and Anna Hewson, investigative producer, photojournalist.

NPR and Laura Sullivan, won for Bonding for Profit, a three-part series on the flawed bail bonds system. Steven Drummond, senior national editor, worked with Sullivan on the project.

WTHR-TV, Indianapolis and Bob Segall, won for Reality Check: Where are the Jobs? The investigation showed how the state inflated job statistics. Other members of the news team were: Cyndee Hebert, producer, and Bill Ditton, photojournalist.

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