The stations Investigative Unit is honored with prestigious award for second consecutive year

SAN JOSE, CA – (December 11, 2018) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the recipient of a prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for its investigative series, “Drivers Under Siege.” KNTV’s investigation into the dangerous working conditions faced by Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus drivers found that AC Transit drivers faced more violent assaults than any other district in the Bay Area. The station’s investigative report led to tangible changes at the agency adding safety measures to protect drivers. The duPont-Columbia awards honor the best in broadcast, documentary, and online reporting. This year, the awards recognize just 16 news stories from a pool of hundreds of entries. News outlets were selected based on the strength of their reporting and ability to produce stories that create an impact in the public interest.

“Our Investigative Unit reviewed more than 200 bus surveillance videos which showed AC Transit drivers being attacked at a rate much higher than the public or even the agency knew about,” said Stephanie Adrouny, Vice President of News for NBC Bay Area. “These attacks are not only putting the lives of drivers at risk, but riders as well. We’re glad our investigative series is prompting lawmakers to take action to protect our public safety.”

As a result of the investigation, which was recognized with a Society of Professional Journalists award earlier in 2018, AC Transit installed new bus shields to protect drivers. In addition, California federal lawmakers introduced a bill in Congress requiring transit districts across the country to reassess their safety measures. Click here to watch KNTV’s full investigative series.

“The Drivers Under Siege investigative series is another powerful example of the important role of investigative journalism in our communities,” added Stacy Owen, President and General Manager for NBC Bay Area. “We’re honored to have been recognized with this prestigious award for our Investigative Unit’s work that spanned two years and resulted in bringing important issues to light and inspiring change. We will continue our commitment to shedding a light on questionable practices on behalf of the communities our station serves.”

KNTV’s series of reports was led by Senior Investigative Reporter Vicky Nguyen and Producer Kevin Nious. Stephanie Adrouny and Bob Goldberger served as executive producers.

Senior Investigative Reporter/Anchor: Vicky Nguyen
Investigative Producer: Kevin Nious
Vice President of News: Stephanie Adrouny
Assistant News Director: Bob Goldberger
Photographers/Editors: Mark Villarreal, Jeremy Carroll
Contributing Reporter: Jodi Hernandez
Contributing Photographers: Joe Rojas, Michael Horn, Matt Ulrich
President & General Manager: Stacy Owen
Digital Special Projects Producer: Sean Myers

NBC Bay Area is home to the Bay Area’s region’s leading investigative station and largest investigative team. Since 2012, NBC Bay Area’s The Investigative Unit has been recognized with more than 65 awards for the station’s investigative work, including 17 national awards, seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and 30 regional Emmy Awards. To learn more about NBC Bay Area’s The Investigative Unit and its award-winning reports, click here.

The winners will be celebrated at Low Memorial Library on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at the 77th annual awards ceremony, hosted by CBS News 60 Minutes Correspondent Lesley Stahl and NPR ’s Ailsa Chang, host of All Things Considered.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

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