Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NPR investigation into grain-bin deaths and greatly reduced fines wins an Edward R. Murrow Award

An investigation by NPR's Howard Berkes and Jim Morris into grain-bin deaths and the resulting OSHA fines, which are routinely reduced greatly from the recommended amounts, received an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. The story found that fines "in 179 grain entrapment deaths since 1984 were cut nearly 60 percent. The five largest fines on record, which ranged from $530,000 to $1.6 million, were cut from 50 to 97 percent."

The 98 awards, which were given in 13 categories for "outstanding work produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world," will be presented on Oct. 6 in New York City, according to a press release from the Radio Television Digital News Association, which received more than 4,000 entries, the most ever for the contest. For the full list of winners, click here.

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