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KSTP-TV, Albert win Peabody Award for sailor’s death investigation

While he’s not above criticism here at home, KSTP-TV reporter Mark Albert just snagged a prestigious Peabody Award (the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer) for “Who Killed Doc?” The investigation examined the electrocution death of a Minnesota sailor in a faulty Iraqi base shower, and showed repeated military cover-ups.

St. Paul-based American Public Media also snagged a Peabody for “The Promised Land with host Majora Carter,” a radiocast dedicated to people improving their communities.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Joe Forkeybolo on 03/31/2011 - 11:07 am.

    There goes my respect for the Peabody Award.

  2. Submitted by David Hanners on 03/31/2011 - 12:29 pm.

    “There goes my respect for the Peabody Award.”

    Huh? That’s really unfair. As much as I like to bash TV news, Albert’s work on the circumstances surrounding the sailor’s death was fine journalism, pure and simple. It involved dogged pursuit of officials who had things to hide, FOIA fights over access to PUBLIC records and other things that reporters are supposed to do.

  3. Submitted by Joe Forkeybolo on 03/31/2011 - 08:39 pm.

    David- As a recipient of the highest prize for the pencil press, I respect your opinion. But as a person who has worked closely with Mr. Albert on several stories, I have seen the attention to detail found in his award winning piece is missing in his general assignment reporting. While this isn’t a lifetime achievement award, an active News Council in this state would have spent so much time dealing with his ethical lapses, there is no way he’d get entrusted with assignments like this.

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