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Atlanta, April 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gray Television, Inc. (“Gray,” “we,” or “our”) (NYSE: GTN) announced today that its investigative unit, InvestigateTV, has been recognized by National Headliner Awards with two first place awards:
First Place Health/Science Reporting - “Licensed to Pill”
Lee Zurik, Jill Riepenhoff, Megan Luther, Andy Miller
First Place Environmental Reporting - “Nuclear Fallout”
Lee Zurik, Jamie Grey, Andy Miller, Rebecca Moss
“We are truly honored to receive this recognition,” said Gray Chairman and CEO, Hilton Howell Jr. “InvestigateTV is a critical initiative for Gray and integral to our commitment to journalism that makes an impact on all of the communities we serve.”
InvestigateTV was awarded first place in health/science reporting for “Licensed to Pill,” which exposed doctors prescribing addictive opioids at alarming rates and uncovered big pharma controlled the federal program designed to keep them in check. The investigation prompted federal authorities to raid the office of the nation’s top opioid prescriber and forced the FDA to tighten oversight.
The InvestigateTV unit was also recognized with a first-place award for environmental reporting for “Nuclear Fallout,” produced in partnership with ProPublica and the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Nuclear Fallout” uncovered lax oversight that led to tens of thousands of U.S. nuclear weapons workers getting sick and dying from radiation exposure.
“We have great respect for all our fellow nominees and the whole team is thrilled to be recognized among this esteemed group in our very first year,” stated Sandy Breland, Gray Senior Vice President-Local Media.
InvestigateTV launched in 2018 and provides innovative, original journalism from a dedicated investigative team and partners, including ProPublica, News21 at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism, and NerdWallet. It is available on Roku, Amazon Fire, at InvestigateTV.com and across Gray broadcast and digital media properties.
Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.
Gray currently owns and/or operates television stations and leading digital properties in 93 television markets, including the number-one rated television station in 68 markets and the first or second highest rated television station in 87 markets. Gray’s television stations cover approximately 24 percent of US television households and broadcast approximately 400 separate programming streams, including nearly 150 affiliates of the CBS/NBC/ABC/FOX networks. Gray also owns video program production, marketing, and digital businesses including Raycom Sports, Tupelo-Raycom, and RTM Studios, the producer of PowerNation programs and content. For further information, please visit www.gray.tv.
Contact: Sandy Breland, Senior Vice President, 504-352-4019