The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that three projects co-produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting have been nominated for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
The nominations recognize investigations into sexual abuse and harassment of migrant women broadcast on FRONTLINE; fraudulent drug and alcohol rehab programs on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”; and overprescription of narcotic painkillers by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on PBS NewsHour.
“These nominations represent the work of many journalists in our newsroom and is a tribute to the quality of who they are,” said CIR Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal. “It also honors our partners.”
Rosenthal cited CIR’s commitment to collaborative multiplatform storytelling, adding, “This reflects both the strength of our cross-platform model as well as the value we place on internal and external collaborations.”
Winners will be announced at New York’s Lincoln Center in September. The nominations include:
Rape in the Fields, Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long-Form: The documentary – a collaboration among CIR, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, FRONTLINE and Univision – exposed the widespread sexual harassment and abuse of female farmworkers in the United States. The investigation has inspired action from the berry fields to the California Legislature.
You can watch the film, which premiered on FRONTLINE in English, below and the Spanish-language version, “Violación de un Sueño,” on Univision:
Rehab Racket, Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast: CIR and CNN collaborated on an investigation into fraudulent taxpayer-funded rehab programs for impoverished addicts that made millions by faking records and billing for ghost patients. The series, which aired on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” launched a slew of reforms as well as a crackdown that cut public funding to 235 rehab clinic sites in California and opened scores of criminal probes. State lawmakers also have introduced legislation to require background checks for rehab clinic owners.
VA’s Opiate Overload, Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast: Produced by CIR for PBS NewsHour, the investigation revealed that prescriptions of four potent opiates to veterans had more than tripled since 9/11, contributing to an overdose rate among VA patients that was nearly twice the national average. Since the investigation, which first debuted on “Reveal,” the story has been the subject of two congressional hearings, while the number of veterans prescribed narcotic painkillers has dropped by 37,000. VA officials have told Congress that access to alternative pain therapies is being expanded across the U.S.