A 2012 KING 5 Investigators series on fraud in a Washington state highway program was nominated today for a National Emmy award.
The series, "Fraud on the Job," revealed fraud and abuse in the program that reserves millions in taxpayer money for disadvantaged contracting businesses owned by women and minorities.
The stories by reporter Susannah Frame, photographer Steve Douglas, Executive Producer Kellie Cheadle and News Director Mark Ginther are nominated in the Outstanding Regional News Story -- Investigative Reporting category. Other stations nominated in the category include KNXV in Phoenix, NBC 5 in Dallas/Ft. Worth, and WTHR in Indianapolis.
The "Fraud on the Job" series made an immediate impact on Washington state's minority contracting program. Two days after the first story aired, Gov. Chris Gregoire asked the Washington State Patrol to conduct a criminal fraud investigation into the abuses by certain companies documented in the series. In addition to the criminal probe, the governor ordered a top-to-bottom review of OMWBE by an outside investigator.
The director of the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises resigned two weeks after the series began, and federal scrutiny prompted WSDOT to launch an aggressive effort to recruit more minority contractors to bid on state highway construction projects.
The 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30, at a ceremony in New York City. The awards are given annually by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.