KXAS-TV and the Dallas Morning News have been named the winners of the 2015 Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism.
The award recognizes innovative work by a journalist or a staff that creatively used digital tools in the role of being a community's watchdog. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues.
The television station and the newspaper worked together to create the winning project, titled "“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises.” Their series of stories focused on the treatment of soldiers by the Army’s "Warrior Transition Units," designed to help service members who have suffered physical and psychological wounds adjust to civilian life. Using documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the newsrooms uncovered allegations of harassment and intimidation within the program. The reports caught the attention of U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army, calling the complaints raised by the series "highly disturbing." Within nine days, the Army ordered new training to address the allegations.
The winners receive a $5,000 prize and have been invited to attend Excellence in Journalism 2015 in Orlando, Florida, where the award will be presented in a ceremony on September 19.