ABC15 investigation earns prestigious Peabody Award

PHOENIX - The ABC15 Investigators were honored with a George Foster Peabody award for excellence in electronic media in May.

ABC15 was one of four local television stations in the country to win this year.

The award was for a series of reports in 2012 that investigated a teenager's car crash death.

The five-month investigation revealed an acceleration problem that inspired a federal inquiry and the recall of more than 700,000 SUVs. 

The reports were produced by ABC15 Investigator Joe Ducey, producer Lauren Gilger and photojournalist Gerry Watson.

The ABC15 Investigators continue to cultivate change in Arizona by reporting on stories that matter to the community. 

The Peabody Awards, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. 

The Peabodys recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals.

"We believe our reporting had a real impact nationwide and saved lives," said Anita Helt, vice president and general manager of ABC15. "Taking action to make our community safer and better is our station's mission.  This investigation is reflective of the kind of community changing journalism we strive for every day."

The Peabody Awards were formally presented at a luncheon ceremony on May 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

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