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WEWS (Channel 5) Among Peabody Award Winners

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 4, 2012

Its "Operation Deep Freeze" report,. embedded above, was honored. Other winners include "Treme," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Parks and Recreation." 

The reporting involved reporter Ron Regan, producer Mel Watson, videographers  Dave Hatala and Dave Arnold, and editor Rob Gardner

As the station noted, reporter Ron Regan "began investigating the increased cancer rates among veterans in November of 2010 at McMurdo Naval station in Antarctica. The wife of a veteran called Regan after her husband passed away and asked him to probe the death of her husband and other veterans who contracted cancer. The investigation took Regan across the country in pursuit of finding answers for the military members who needed medical help.

As a result of this investigation, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is pressing Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki to look into whether veterans are eligible for service related compensation due to radiation exposure at McMurdo. And, Sen. Brown doesn't rule out eventually calling for congressional hearings into what the Navy knew about radiation leaks and how the plant functioned."

The full list of winners is here.

From the announcement: The awards announced today will be formally presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on May 21. Sir Patrick Stewart, star of two Peabody winners, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Macbeth, will be the host.

 

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