FOX31 Problem Solvers in Denver Win Two National Press Club Awards

FOX31 Problem Solvers in Denver Win Two National Press Club Awards

Only Colorado Journalists Awarded Top Prize

Denver, CO – July 31, 2018 – The National Press Club today announced that FOX31 Problem Solvers join The Wall Street Journal, CQ Roll Call and Reuters as first place award winners in the 2018 National Press Club journalism contest.  The FOX31 Problem Solvers are Colorado’s only National Press Club 2018 winners.

The FOX31 Problem Solvers Investigative team took home the top prize for consumer journalism-broadcast for a look at explosives used by the government to kill coyotes – a dangerous practice and won an Ann Cottrell Free Award for stories on unregulated horse racing in Colorado.

“It’s an honor to be awarded by the National Press Club for outstanding investigative journalism that affects change, not only in our communities, but across the nation,” said Brian Gregory, FOX31’s News Director. “I’m proud of our journalists who strive every day to dig deeper, ask the tough question and hold people accountable.”

The FOX31 Problem Solvers Investigators will be recognized at the National Press Club’s annual awards dinner on August 30.

FOX 31’s Winning Pieces:

Ann Cottrell Free Award Winner: Unregulated Horse Racing
Chris Halsne, reporter; Isaias Medina, photojournalist; Chris Koeberl, producer
The shadowy world of “match racing” continues to flourish in rural Colorado.This first of its kind hidden camera expose’ documents dangerous conditions for jockeys and spectators, horse doping, wide-spread illegal gambling, and other abuses of the animal-athletes. FOX31 caught local politicians and law enforcement both turning a blind eye to illegal activities because they were profiting from the races.

National Press Club Consumer Journalism-Broadcast Award Winner: Cyanide Bombs
Chris Halsne, reporter; Isaias Medina, photojournalist; Chris Koeberl, producer; Chris Mosher, photojournalist
Cyanide bombs, covertly set by federal wildlife agents to kill coyotes, might poison you and your dog instead. A FOX31 investigation exposes “collateral damage” linked to this secretive predator control program.


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