Corporate Social Responsibility
TEGNA is driven by our strongly-held purpose to serve the greater good of our communities, to make a difference in our work, our company and our communities.
We have the ability to expose wrongdoings, help change laws, support local economies and bring communities together in times of crisis. Every day, our stations use storytelling to empower citizens to know about their community, learn about their neighbors and hear perspectives they would not otherwise encounter.
TEGNA has won more national journalism awards over the past five years than any other local broadcaster including multiple Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, National Edward R. Murrow Awards and Service to America Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.
Investigations That Change Lives & Laws
TEGNA stations conduct in-depth investigations that shed light on important causes, hold the powerful accountable and help bring change to those who need it most. In 2018, these investigations made an impact:
- WTSP’s report on “Zombie Campaigns,” an investigative collaboration with The Tampa Bay Times, exposed loopholes in federal campaign laws that allow politicians to continue using campaign funds long after they leave office and even after they have died. Since the report first aired, dozens of campaigns have reformed their questionable spending and the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) has changed the review process of campaign spending once a politician has left office. “Zombie Campaigns” has been recognized with a 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for investigative news partnership.
- KING 5’s “Hanford’s Dirty Secrets” exposed that workers at the Hanford nuclear waste site, the nation’s largest nuclear waste dump, were being denied rights to compensation for work-related illnesses. As a direct result of the KING 5 investigation, new legislation was signed into law in 2018 to help Hanford workers file for and receive their health benefits.
- KARE 11’s “Invisible Wounds” revealed how the Department of Veteran’s Affairs used unqualified doctors to screen thousands of veterans for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), improperly denying benefits and access to promised medical care. KARE expanded its investigation, which has resulted in the VA offering new TBI exams to veterans from all over the U.S.
- KUSA’s “9 Wants to Know” team has produced 36 in-depth stories and two hours of primetime specials about Colorado patients and their medical bills. The “Show Us Your Bills” investigations have helped viewers erase nearly $300,000 in medical overcharges and billing errors.
- Six-part digital-first series “Selling Girls” focused on the sex trafficking of children under the age of 18 who are lured into commercial sex and are victims of trafficking. With complicated and often conflicting local, state and federal sex trafficking laws, TEGNA stations revealed the flaws in the system and what can be done to help protect kids. As a result of these efforts, “Selling Girls” is now being used for training by organizations such as the U.S. State Department, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The United Way, the Carter Center and the South Carolina Air National Guard. It’s also being used as an educational resource in many schools.
Ethics & Journalistic Integrity
Ethics is a core value of our company. TEGNA’s Ethics Policy outlines the ethical and legal conduct that forms the basis of the work we engage in with and on behalf of the public. Every TEGNA director, officer and employee must comply with all laws and practice the highest professional standards in every activity to guarantee the independence and integrity of all our news, editorial, information, advertising and marketing services.
As a company that produces and distributes high-quality news and information content, TEGNA fosters an environment of journalistic integrity. Our journalists, producers, marketers, digital content creators and photographers must adhere to TEGNA’s Principles of Ethical Journalism, which guide our production and reporting of news. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and the principles of truth, independence, public interest, fair play and integrity. These principles apply to everything we do, from gathering information to reporting and producing content. Employees must also adhere to TEGNA’s Social Media policy.
All vendors must acknowledge they are aware of, currently in compliance with, and agree to comply on an ongoing basis with TEGNA’s Code of Vendor Conduct and with our Ethics Policy. Vendors with whom we spend $100,000 or more in a calendar year are required to re-certify compliance annually.
Local Community Engagement & Corporate Giving
Each year, TEGNA stations raise more than $100 million through drives and telethons to support numerous local causes that are making a difference. Leading the way are stations such as WHAS in Louisville that annually hosts the Crusade for Children Telethon, helping children with special needs in Kentucky and Indiana. The station raised nearly $5.7 million in 2018. The telethon is in its 65th year and is by far the most successful local telethon in the country, raising over $180 million for children since its inception.
Over the past three years, TEGNA Foundation Community Grants have supported more than 1,000 community nonprofits where TEGNA does business and where its employees live. Through its Community Grant Program, TEGNA Foundation works with our stations to identify local community needs. These grants commonly support areas such as education, youth development, hunger, emergency assistance to families and individuals in crisis, and environmental conservation. Through its other programs, TEGNA Foundation also invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving and volunteerism and contributes to a variety of charitable causes.
2018 TEGNA Foundation Community Grants by Category
- TEGNA Foundation’s 37 local employee grantmaking committees made nearly 100 targeted grants to provide direct social services to vulnerable populations
- TEGNA Foundation made almost 75 grants to support local education initiatives in the communities where we do business
- Media Grants Program supports cutting-edge innovation and diversity in our industry, including funding for Investigative Reporters & Editors, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and the National Press Photographers Foundation
- Founding sponsor of the Poynter-National Association of Black Journalists Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media
- In 2018, matched more than 1,700 employee charitable donations
TEGNA is committed to managing our environmental impact responsibly and protecting the environment. Our stations regularly cover environmental and sustainability issues that affect their communities.
In addition, our Environmental Policy Statement requires each of our employees to participate in and accept responsibility for achieving the following goals:
- Operating our facilities in an environmentally sound manner
- Safe handling of production materials and byproducts
- Conservation and recycling of raw materials and reduction in the amount of waste generated by the company’s production processes
TEGNA and its stations have in place a number of sustainable business practices to minimize waste, including energy efficiency and green building projects that reduce our carbon footprint. Studio and office facilities at KING in Seattle, KHOU in Houston, Premion in New York and TEGNA’s new offices in McLean, VA are in LEED-certified buildings.
Maintaining consumer privacy is very important to us. We believe in transparency with regard to how we collect information from our customers, as well as how we use that information. We describe our information collection and use practices in our Privacy Notice, which is available on the websites of each of our television stations and TEGNA.com. Our Privacy Notice also describes the ways in which consumers can limit the information we are able to collect via automated technology, as well as how consumers can opt-out of our use of information consumers have provided to us voluntarily.
Diversity & Inclusion
TEGNA embraces and encourages diversity, inclusion and equality and, in 2019, was named a top place to work for LGBTQ employees, receiving a perfect score of 100 for the third consecutive year on the Corporate Equality Index administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
We invest $500,000 annually on programs and initiatives including diversity-related leadership, development, training, recruitment and internships.
14% of TEGNA’s spend* was directed toward diverse suppliers in 2018, exceeding the 5-10% average spend by companies of a similar size.
*Based on analysis of the top 100 vendors.
Workforce & Talent Development
Our people are our most important capital. We invest in developing our talent, as seen through our Executive Leadership Program, Talent Development and Mentoring programs. We recognize our top talent annually through our companywide employee awards program and invest in creating and sustaining a diverse and multi-skilled workplace through our Innovation Summits, Companywide Internship Program, Women’s Leadership Program and Supplier Diversity Program.