Peabody Awards Won by Las Vegas Journalists

The 68th annual Peabody Awards, representing the “best in electronic media,” were announced on April 1, by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.   Winners of this years most prestigious media awards include CNN for their coverage of the 2008 presidential primaries,  NBC for it’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics, PBS’ for “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.”

Las Vegas’ own KLAS-TV Channel 8 investigative reporter George Knapp and photojournalist Matt Adams for “Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics”. 

Knapp and Adams along with Channel 8 photojournalist Alex Brauer and producer Ian Russell spent three years collecting information and preparing the piece which aired March 22 and April 20, 2008.  

Water in the Southwest is a priceless commodity and the constant topic of hot debate.  Whether it’s droughts, floods or the rechanneling of rural waters to metropolitan locations, water is more vital and valuable than gold.  The Crossfire special report focused on population growth and the politics of water in Southern Nevada. 

In making their announcement, the Peabody judges called the reporting “a brave, meticulous examination” of plans to pump water from rural Nevada to the Las Vegas Valley. 

Knapp and Adams will join other Peabody winners at the May 18 awards ceremony, hosted by NBC’s Brian Williams in New York City.

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