Post Episode 30: Journalists recognized with IRE Awards

Winners covered various issues across the country from policies to finances

InvestigateTV - Each year, the organization Investigative Reporters and Editors recognizes journalists’ work from the previous year.

IRE announced the 2021 winners earlier this year. There were more than 500 entries, and winners were selected in 17 categories.

“The winners of the 2021 IRE Awards not only represent the best of the best in investigative journalism, but they serve as a true reflection of why our work is so critical right now,” said Zaneta Lowe, chair of the IRE Awards contest committee, in an IRE news release. “We saw powerful storytelling, projects with immediate impact and pieces that served as a true public service to their communities. This year’s winners also included student work that made me proud to see where our industry is headed. Congratulations to the winners and finalists!”

On this episode of Post, we discuss a few of the award winners, including WCSC in Charleston, South Carolina, which won for its coverage of an inmate who died in jail. News director Jennifer Dale and anchor/reporter Raphael James discuss how they pursued the story initially and how they continued following up for months.

Other stories covered in this show included ProPublica’s “What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol,” The University of Maryland - Howard Center for Investigative Journalism’s “Printing Hate,” Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Newsy’s “Dig: The Model City,” and The Indianapolis Star’s “Death Sentence.”

To read about all the award winners and finalists, click here.

Post is a media review program from InvestigateTV, Gray Television’s streaming channel dedicated to in-depth and watchdog reporting. Post is presented in partnership with the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. The monthly program is taped at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a partner of InvestigateTV.

Episode written and produced by: Justine Arens and Jamie Grey, InvestigateTV

Production by: Director Travis McMillen, RJI and production assistant Reece McMillen

Video Editing by: Jon Turnipseed, InvestigateTV

Graphics and Animations by: Owen Hornstein, InvestigateTV

Jamie Grey

Jamie Grey

Jamie is InvestigateTV's managing editor. She coordinates content and produces stories with a particular passion for digging into government programs and waste, health care policy and education.