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  • Code Blue, Code Red

    An investigation by WMAQ-TV revealed that "repeat drunken driving offenders, domestic batterers, cocaine dealers, burglars, stalkers and other violent criminals" all work as Chicago police officers, firefighters and paramedics. "During a yearlong investigation, (WMAQ-TV) conducted background checks on eighteen thousand police officers, firefighters and paramedics. After obtaining internal employee lists for both departments, (WMAQ-TV) began checking individual records the only way possible -- by looking up each name individually. ... The unprecedented investigation uncovered 139 firefighters and paramedics with drunk driving arrests. ... (WMAQ-TV) uncovered 200 other firefighters with criminal records, from burglary to sexual assualt, who are still on the job. ... In the Police Department, (WMAQ-TV) found at least 100 officers on the job despite drunk driving arrests. Also uncovered, police officers drinking in front of superiors and officers drinking while on the job. ... One of the most startling discoveries: 80-percent of the cases involving a Chicago police officer arrested by another Chicago police officer for DUI, was simply thrown out of court."
  • Pros or Cons

    A joint investigation by the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and WMAQ-TV in Chicago revealed "a ring of telemarketers who illegally solicit donations from private citizens for police officers and fire fighters. (The) stories found an organized ring of convicted criminals working at three telemarketing companies hired by police, fire and other charitable groups. State law bans ex-cons from working as telemarketers, yet we found that among those seeking contributions locally were people convicted of check theft, credit card theft, armed robbery and drug crimes."
  • Pros or Cons?

    WMAQ, in a joint project with the Daily Herald, investigates a secret ring of convicted felons who work at telemarketing companies and solicit funds for injured police officers and fire fighters. The report revealed that the criminals deceived people in donating money and then kept most of the donations. The investigation resulted in Illinois' Attorney General suing three telemarketing companies, their owners and the workers with criminal past. The reporters obtained many of the documents for the story by digging through the garbage of the telemarketing companies. The file includes transcript and clips from the investigation in the Daily Herald.
  • 2002 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #1,

    2002 IRE National Conference (San Francisco) Show and Tell Tape #1 features the following stories: 1) Mark Greenblatt (KOAA-Colorado Springs) Knives and other weapons are brought into area schools, but local authorities do a poor job of keeping track of the infractions. 2) Joe Ducey (KRON-San Francisco) A loophole in food transportation laws in California allows small wholesalers to truck food that should be kept cold in hot vehicles without facing any penalties. 3) Anna Werner (KHOU-Houston) presents short clips of broadcasts that illustrate good use of graphics and sound. 4) Dave Savini (WMAQ-Chicago) Area firefighters and police officers are allowed to continue patrolling the streets despite DUI convictions. 5) Jim Strickland (WSB-Atlanta) The American Biographical Institute sells dubious awards like "Man of the Year" to Regular Joes for exuberant prices. 6) Dan Noyes (ABC 7-San Francisco) A local towing company illegally tows cars that have been parked for only a half hour, instead of waiting the required hour before towing. 7) Tony Kovaleski (ABC 7-Denver) Jefferson County school bus drivers are forced to drive unsafe buses. 8) Bill Sheil (Fox 8-Cleveland) A local Muslim leader is found to have an indirect tie to an organization linked to Osama Bin Laden. 9) Twenty-five clips from various broadcasts showing camera techniques. 10) Mark Lagerkvist (News 12-Long Island) Malpractice lawsuits have a statute of limitations of two year and six months. This can harm certain patients who don't know they've been injured until five or 10 years later. 11) Darcy Spears (KVBC-Las Vegas) A local lasik eye surgery clinic recommends the surgery to all its patients -- even those who shouldn't undergo the procedure. 12) Phil Williams (WTVF-Nashville, Tenn.) A local county clerk makes one of his employees buy him beer and mow his lawn. 13) Sandra Chapman (WISH-Indianapolis) A local doctor gives out highly addictive narcotics to patients without examining them. Many of her patients are simply "dopers" who've found an easy place to buy their drugs. 14) Glen Meek (KTNV-Las Vegas) The former UCLA men's soccer coach, Todd Saldana, received his undergraduate degree from a fake university. Saldana resigned after the story broke. 15) Larry Yellen (WFLD-Chicago) Security guards at a local federal building sleep on the job.
  • Leadfoot Lawmakers

    A WMAQ-TV investigation reveals that state legislators routinely speed on Interstate 55 -- and the state police routinely ignore it. Of the 185,000 speeding tickets issued last year, not one went to state legislators, despite the fact that WMAQ-TV reporters clocked some of them driving well over 20 miles over the 65 mile per hour speed limit on I-55.
  • Selling Innocence

    A joint investigative effort by WMAQ-TV Chicago and WTVJ-TV Miami uncovered "child erotica," a new industry exploiting young girls that spans several states. The two stations were able to combine their investigative sources and perform more research as well as undercover and surveillance work across the country. As a result of their combined work a convicted child sex offender who was recruiting young girls is being investigated by the Justice Department, one of the largest child erotica sites on the internet shut itself down, and representatives from Illinois and Florida asked the Attorney General to shut down the child erotica industry and review current law that deals with the area.
  • "Who's at the Wheel?"

    WMAQ conducted a yearlong investigation into the practices of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus drivers uncovered 127 CTA bus drivers with drunk driving convictions and 56 drivers operating city buses with suspended or revoked licenses. WMAQ also learned that the CTA repeatedly failed to conduct background checks on its drivers, despite having a direct link to the Illinois state drivers license records.
  • IRE Feed 6: IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists

    IRE Feed 6: The TV Award Winners and Finalists is a compilation of 14 reports from 14 stations in 11 markets ranging in size from Lexington, KY to Chicago, IL. 1)"Danger in Schools," KTRK-TV, Houston. A story that investigated Houston Schools putting known pedophiles back into the classroom. 2) "Where the Money Goes," WKYT-TV, Lexington, KY. Reveals that Lexington Schools spent tens of thousands of taxpayer's dollars on catered meals. 3) "Prescription for Trouble," KDFW-TV, Dallas. Investigates how Eckerds Pharmacy used teenagers to dispense prescriptions. 4) "Code of Silence," WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, FL. The medical system fights to protect a drunk doctor. 5) "Fighting for a Smile," WCCO-TV, Minneapolis. The VA's bureaucracy keeps dentures from veterans. 6) "Blood Priority," KSTP-TV, Minneapolis. Army choppers crash after cost cutting compromises safety. 7) "Missing Evidence," WMAQ-TV, Chicago. Chicago Police sell evidence right out of the vault. 8) "Failure to Protect," WBAL-TV, Baltimore. Maryland Police fail to enter protection orders to safeguard domestic violence victims. 9) "Prisoners in Their Own Homes," WFLA-TV, Tampa. Criminals strike again -- while on home detention. 10) "The $600 House," WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, MI. HUD sells houses at pennies on the dollar to insiders. 11) "Preying on Your Pity," KPRC-TV, Houston. Telemarketers pretend to be handicapped to solicit cash. 12)"Crusade for Cash," KGTV-TV, San Diego. Lawyers use the ADA to file nuisance suits for big bucks. 13)"First USA," WFAA-TV, Dallas. Credit Card company jacks up interest rates, slaps phony late fees. 14)"Legal Loanshark," WAMI-TV, Miami. Lax laws permit car title loan companies to charge exorbitant rates.
  • Risky Cabbies

    WMAQ-TV reports a "three-month investigation uncovered potentially dangerous cab drivers. Half of the drivers we investigated had criminal records We found most of those drivers had been arrested for assaults and batteries. Some drivers had been caught with guns, buying drugs, even committing sexual offenses. We also uncovered poor driving records...."
  • 1992 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape

    The 1992 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape is a compilation of 5 investigative stories. 1.) "Food Lion," Prime Time Live, ABC News researches the Food Lion grocery store chain and finds that employees of the store are put under pressure to meet profit quotas, which caused them to put out spoiled food with new expiration dates. Including Food Lion fighting back and ABC apologizing for confusion. See # 9392. 2.) "To Prove Them Innocent," ABC News 20/20 (New York) reports on three men who were convicted of rape in a small town in Pennsylvania, where the local people fought for three years to gain their release and prove their innocence. An investigation finds that on the night in question the men were 50 miles from where the rape occurred, and could not have committed the crime. See # 9398. 3.) "Abuse For Sale," WCCO, Minneapolis documents the explosion of the home-made pornography industry, made possible by the increase in popularity of home video cameras and VCRs. An investigation finds that home-made child pornography is sold through national distributors and at adult video stores across the country. See # 9068. 4.) "Cops and Robbers," WMAQ, Chicago finds that the Chicago Police Department violates its own rules by hiring people with criminal records. Of those officers with criminal records, the ones with battery convictions are also the officers most criticized for police brutality. See # 9221. 5.) "Carol Mosely Braun," WMAQ, Chicago breaks the case of Carol Mosely Braun and the mishandling of a large sum of money given to her mother. Braun allegedly attempted to hide the money so that her mother's Medicaid care would not be cut. See # 9222.