Broadcast Public Service
Posted on 6/1/2019
Hearst’s ABC affiliate WTAE-TV Pittsburgh was awarded the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors First Amendment Award for their year-long investigative efforts to uncover the secretive bid process involved in attempts to lure Amazon’s headquarters with over $2 billion in tax incentives. Their ongoing series, titled “Pittsburgh’s Secret Amazon Bid,” was said by judges to exemplify the spirit and intent of the First Amendment and demonstrate the ability of broadcasters to overcome great obstacles to bring important stories to viewers.
“It’s not the first time our station has gone to court and fought for our viewers’ right to know, and it won’t be the last,” said Jim Parsons, WTAE’s news director.