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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 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 at KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth. His stories expose critical safety concerns, uncover government waste and hold officials accountable. Friedman’s work has been recognized nationally for excellence in investigative reporting with some of broadcasting’s top honors. His nine month long investigation of crashes and injuries caused by police officers using dashboard mounted computers while driving was awarded a National News and Documentary Emmy Award for outstanding regional investigative story and the national Edward R. Murrow Award for continuing news coverage. The series led to changes in police department policies, and became training material for law enforcement across the country. Friedman’s investigation of the West Nile Virus epidemic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was recognized with the 2012 national Sigma Delta Chi Award in Large Market Television Investigative Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. In Texas, his reports have received accolades including eleven regional Emmy Awards including best investigative report and best investigative series, along with awards from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Scott received the Texas Freedome of Information Award, presented annually by the Texas AP Broadcasters in conjunction with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.Friedman joined KXAS-TV in 2006. During his tenure at the station he has served in many roles including as anchor of the station’s weekday morning newscast “NBC5 Today”. Before joining KXAS-TV, Friedman was investigative reporter and weekend news anchor at WTMJ-TV (NBC) in Milwaukee where his assignments sometimes took him around the world. He reported from a U.S. aircraft carrier during “Operation Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan, covered American military exercises on the Kuwait-Iraq border in the weeks leading up to the war in Iraq, and interviewed wounded soldiers receiving treatment at U.S. medical facilities in Germany. Friedman’s work was recognized with awards for investigative reporting from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association, and the Associated Press of Wisconsin along with four Chicago Regional Emmy Award nominations for news writing, hard news reporting and coverage of a breaking story. Friedman’s career began as a producer and reporter at WNDU-TV (NBC) in South Bend, Indiana. He is a 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 CBS 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.
Don joined the NBC5 news team as an Assignments and Investigative Editor in 2013, where he specializes in breaking news and investigative stories after nearly 35 years as a well-respected, decorated North Texas law enforcement official. He is a recent two-time Lone Star EMMY® award winner as a result of his journalistic and research collaborations with the NBC5 Investigative Team. Before joining KXAS-TV, Don was a Dallas County Sheriff’s Administrative Senior Sergeant and brings a wealth of real-world police training and personal street experience to NBC5 with his direct involvement in a number of high profile field and leadership assignments during his career, including pivotal roles in the patrol, traffic, warrant execution, and fugitive sections. He is probably best known for his position as the Sheriff’s Department’s official spokesman, where he was featured in over 3,000 individual video, audio, and print interviews of local, national, and international interest including the 1998 homicide of the former Sunnyvale, Texas Mayor and the 2005 commercial bus fire involving Hurricane Rita evacuees. Some of Don’s key law enforcement accomplishments include first-responder and multi-agency response efforts such as the 1994 and 2012 Lancaster and Dallas F2 and F4 tornadoes, the co-creation of the Dallas County Freeway Management initiative and his collaboration on planning, management and execution of several multi-agency operational exercises including the 1993 Dallas Cowboys Superbowl parade, the 2011 Dallas Mavericks Parade, multi-year Texas/Oklahoma University celebration events, seventeen Dallas Cowboys Football Club Annual Kick-Off Luncheons, and the 2006 Dallas Immigration March in Downtown Dallas. Don holds a number of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement certifications and licenses, including Master Texas Peace Officer, and has achieved T.C.O.L.E. certifications that include arson investigation, advanced accident investigation, law enforcement instructor, firearms instructor, and is trained to instruct radar/LIDAR operations. Don is a Dallas native and enjoys spending time with his family, travel, (especially to a sunny beach), and golf.
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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