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Award-winning investigative reporter Scott Friedman and award-winning consumer reporter Deanna Dewberry lead the NBC 5 Investigates team. Investigative producer Eva Parks, consumer producer Karin Matz, researcher Shane Allen and photographer-editors Peter Hull and Jose Sanchez round out the team devoted to uncovering stories important to the community.
NBC 5 Investigates Honored With National Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage from The Radio Television Digital News Association for a series of reports called "Driven to Distraction." MORE
NBC 5 Investigates Honored with the national Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism in the Investigative Reporting, large-market stations category for a series of reports titled "Critical Delays: Dallas County's Response to the West Nile Epidemic." MORE
NBC 5 Investigates Honored With Texas Freedom of Information Award, presented annually by the Texas AP Broadcasters in conjunction with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. MORE
Scott Friedman leads the NBC 5 Investigates team. A seven time Emmy Award winning reporter, he has been with NBC 5 since 2006. His stories expose critical safety concerns, uncover government waste and hold officials accountable. In 2013, Friedman was awarded the national Edward R. Murrow Award for continuing coverage for his nine month long investigation of crashes and injuries caused by police officers using dashboard mounted computers while driving. Friedman’s investigation of the 2012 West Nile Epidemic was recognized with the 2012 national Sigma Delta Chi Award in Large Market Television Investigative Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. His reporting on the Ft. Hood attack revealed the gunman continued to collect $300,000 in taxpayer funded salary after his arrest. The story received an Emmy Award for military reporting and led to a bill in Congress aimed at dealing with pay for soldiers arrested for major crimes. Before joining NBC5, Scott worked for ten years as an investigative reporter and news anchor at WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee. His career began at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana. Scott is 1994 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Deanna Dewberry leads the NBC 5 Investigates Consumer Unit. She has been with NBC 5 since November 2012 working to uncover issues important to North Texas consumers. Before joining NBC 5, Deanna was a news anchor and investigative reporter at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, for seven years. She was previously an anchor/reporter at Texas Cable News and WFAA in Dallas, KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as KLBK and KCBD in Lubbock. Deanna is a four-time Emmy Award winner, including a Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy Award in 2011 for an investigative report. She has also been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and National Association of Black Journalists. Deanna earned her degree in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin.
With 10 years in broadcast journalism, Southern Methodist University graduate Eva Parks is the producer behind the award-winning NBC 5 Investigates team. Eva's journalism career began with NBC News, where she worked as the Dallas Bureau Coordinator, managing crews covering both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Along the way, she also covered stories along the Texas-Mexico Border for MSNBC. From there, Eva accepted a position as a field producer for the Fox News Channel, covering breaking news in the Southwest including Enron Trial. Eva then left network coverage and took a position at the NBA affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., WRAL. While on the east coast, Eva also worked as a field producer for several networks covering more hurricanes as well as military stories out of Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune. In 2012, Eva headed home and rejoined NBC News in Dallas when she accepted a position at NBC 5 as the producer for the investigative unit. In just their first year together, the investigative team has won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, for Best News Series and Continuing Coverage, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Investigative Report. Eva is right at home covering news in North Texas. She is a 2003 graduate of SMU where she earned her BA in Broadcast Journalism from the Meadows School of the Arts. When she’s not investigating the news she’s most likely enjoying the outdoors, walking her pup, Mico, or whipping up something special in the kitchen.
Shane Allen is an investigative researcher for the NBC 5 Investigates team. Shane specializes in state and federal public information laws, as well as computer-assisted reporting and database journalism. He's passionate about keeping public information accessible and open. Shane is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting, and has attended IRE's National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting Conference. Shane has been reporting in Texas since 2004, having worked in Beaumont and Austin before joining NBC 5 in 2010. Alongside Scott Friedman, Shane received the Texas Freedom of Information Award, which is presented annually by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters in conjunction with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
Peter Hull is a photographer and editor for the NBC 5 Investigates team. He joined KXAS in May of 2011. Before that, Peter worked at KDAF in Dallas; shooting and editing feature stories and also traveling to cover the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to that, Peter worked at WHP in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and also at both KCEN and KXXV in Waco. Peter, a career member of the National Press Photographers Association, enjoys the challenge of visual storytelling. As stated in the Preamble of the NPPA Code of Ethics, Peter believes that visual journalists are trustees of the public; responsible for accurately documenting society and preserving its history through sounds and images. Peter has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association for both spot news and continuing coverage. In 2009, he won a 1st Place AP Award, an Emmy Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for a series of investigative pieces he worked on in Harrisburg. Peter has also received Emmy Nominations in both the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the Lone Star Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
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