7NEWS is honored to accept television's highest award, the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence for on-going investigative series, "Investigating the Fire." This series uncovered governmental mistakes and communication failures during a wildfire that claimed three lives and destroyed more than 20 homes. The extensive wildfire investigation prompted legislative change that will ultimately help the victims of the Lower North Fork Fire rebuild their lives and protect future fire victims.
7NEWS team Marshall Zelinger, Amanda Kost, Jennie Castor, Doug Schepman, Jon Stone and Jason Foster are honored recipients of this award, as their determination and journalistic efforts led to governmental change in Colorado.
"We are honored to receive this recognition. This news operation is dedicated to making Colorado the best it can be – even if it means having to bring to light difficult stories. We are proud of our team of journalists who have worked tirelessly investigating and uncovering all aspects of this fire without ever losing sight of the losses suffered by those in the Lower North Fork community," said News Director, Jeff Harris.
Only four local stations, nationally, have won a George Foster Peabody Award in electronic media for 2012. Other winners include Scripps Phoenix affiliate KNXV, Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR and Hartford NBC O&O WVIT. To learn more visit
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