5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Accepts Prestigious Peabody Award
A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigation earned a prestigious Peabody Award and KSTP-TV accepted the honor at a New York City ceremony.
Click here to watch the portion of the ceremony from May 23, 2011 when KSTP-TV was honored, introduced by Master of Ceremonies and longtime broadcaster Larry King.
'"Who Killed Doc," a series reported by Mark Albert, won the Award for the year 2010 for uncovering details surrounding the death of Minnesota sailor David Cedergren who died in Iraq not in combat, but while simply taking a shower.
The stories aired in May of 2010.
Our year-long 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigation by Albert found commanders ignored warnings, botched investigations and failed to protect service members on their own base.
As a result of our story, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner says it has changed the way the remains of service members killed worldwide are tracked to ensure families of the fallen are notified of changes to their loved one's autopsy or cause of death.
"When we asked for Cedergren's file, we had no idea what we would find," KSTP-TV News Director Lindsay Radford told KSTP.com.
"The more questions we asked the more we learned we could make a difference for this young man and every soldier who followed him into the armed services."
Reporter Mark Albert led the team that investigated Cedergren's death. Also named as part of the winning team: Photojournalists Jim O'Connell and Jared Bergerson, Producer Mike Maybay, News Director Lindsay Radford and Assistant News Director John Mason.
Radford said the series of reports represents what 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS does best. "We are blessed to have smart journalists in this newsroom," Radford said, "They are here because they believe in looking out for the viewer. It's how we make a difference in a community we love and call home."
KSTP-TV 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was one of 39 winners nationwide announced in a live webcast from the University of Georgia, which through the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, administers the awards.
The Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.