TEGNA Media’s WXIA in Atlanta Wins Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
McLEAN, VA – TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced WXIA in Atlanta won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, which recognizes excellence in broadcast, digital and documentary journalism. WXIA won for their investigation spotlighting problems with the 911 emergency system and their advocating for potential solutions to fix this critical issue facing communities.
“Congratulations to WXIA, and the reporting led by Brendan Keefe, on this deserving honor. Not only did they investigate a deadly issue facing our communities but they proposed solutions that will make a difference and help save lives,” said Dave Lougee, president, TEGNA Media. “This investigation is a prime example of the importance of local journalism and investigative reporting. We are an advocate for our communities and are committed to empowering the people we serve.”
WXIA’s investigation discovered first responders have trouble always locating the exact location of 911 calls coming from cellphones because of outdated technology. WXIA aired several reports including a 30 minute special focused on the issue. Across TEGNA Media, stations ran stories examining the local 911 system in their community.
WXIA also advocated for potential solutions to fix the fatal flaws in the system. The investigation received acknowledgment from the FCC, with the agency’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, recognizing the issue and pledging to develop new standards to fix the problem.
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