WTNH-TV in New Haven scored a George Foster Peabody Award, it was announced Wednesday, for its investigation into production problems with Blackhawk Helicopters.
The station is one of only four local television stations to win a 2006 Peabody (to be handed out in June in New York), noted news director Kirk Varner.
“We are extraordinarily proud WTNH was one of only four local stations in the country to receive the Peabody Award- considered one of journalism’s most sought after honors,” said Jon Hitchcock, general manager of WTNH/WCTX.
Investigative reporter Alan Cohn and other WTNH staffers uncovered issues with the quality control systems at Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft. The story led to a shake-up at Sikorsky and a probe by the Defense Department Inspector General.
Congrats to WTNH.