Behind the Cameras: The Fall of Dallas County Schools - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Behind the Cameras: The Fall of Dallas County Schools

Behind the Cameras: The Fall of Dallas County Schools

In this one hour special, learn how money that was supposed to keep children safe wound up in the pockets of a public official and cost hundreds of people their jobs. Read More

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May 22, 2018
Judge Approves Dallas County Schools' Payment Plan

Judge Approves Dallas County Schools' Payment Plan

Embattled Dallas County Schools received some good news Tuesday - court approval of DCS' plan to pay off more than $100 million in debt. Read More

May 14, 2018
DCS Plans to Sue for Lost Tax Dollars

DCS Plans to Sue for Lost Tax Dollars

There’s a new plan to recover money for taxpayers in the wake of the scandal at Dallas County Schools. Read More

May 7, 2018
Feds Expand Investigation of Dallas County Schools

Feds Expand Investigation of Dallas County Schools

Another federal agency has joined the FBI in investigating the financial disaster at Dallas County Schools, with the focus being on whether investors were misled into believing they could profit from buying DCS bonds. Read More

Apr 24, 2018
NBC 5 Honored With Peabody Award for Dallas County Schools Bus Investigation

NBC 5 Honored With Peabody Award for Dallas County Schools Bus Investigation

KXAS-TV was awarded a 2017 Peabody Award for its extensive NBC 5 Investigates series, “Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride,” the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication... Read More

Apr 2, 2018
Former DCS Super. Rick Sorrells Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Former DCS Super. Rick Sorrells Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Former Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells could face 10 years behind bars after admitting in court documents he received $3 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for school bus camera contracts. Read More

Mar 5, 2018
Stacks of DCS School Bus Cameras Remain Unused

Stacks of DCS School Bus Cameras Remain Unused

In a large warehouse on the south side of Dallas, millions of dollars in unused camera equipment remains stuffed in boxes – row after row – all paid for by taxpayers. Read More

Mar 2, 2018
Emails Tie Dwaine Caraway to Failed DCS Real Estate Deal

Emails Tie Dwaine Caraway to Failed DCS Real Estate Deal

Records obtained by NBC 5 Investigates raise new questions about Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and his relationship with two men at the center of the FBI corruption investigation at Dallas County Schools. Read More

Feb 26, 2018
DCS' Budget Shortfall at $16M is Double Expectations

DCS' Budget Shortfall at $16M is Double Expectations

Big buses, bigger money troubles for the committee that's working to shut down Dallas County Schools. Read More

Feb 14, 2018
Two Call for Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to Resign

Two Call for Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to Resign

Two former political candidates called for Dallas City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to step down Wednesday following an NBC 5 Investigates report. Read More

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  • Secrets of the Trade: Chicago Hotel Housekeepers Tell All

    From once rampant sexual harassment to their new role of eyes and ears in hallways, hotel housekeepers are revealing secrets of the job and debunking myths. Five housekeepers at downtown Chicago hotels, who asked us to only use their first names and not reveal their workplace, sat down with NBC 5 Investigates and Telemundo Investiga.

  • 'I Kept on Praying': Victim Recalls 'Basement of Horrors'

    Tamara Breeden spent 10 years captive in what came to be known as Philadelphia’s basement of horrors. Her body still bears the scars. Born developmentally disabled, Breeden was forced to urinate in a bucket and then empty it herself. She wore clothes found in trash cans and did not bathe regularly. She was pistol-whipped across the head more times than she could count. The now-36-year-old was one of several people trapped inside the Tacony basement dungeon.

  • Suspected White Nationalist Faces Gun Charges in DC: FBI

    A Washington, D.C., man suspected of being a white nationalist and befriending the Tree of Life synagogue gunman on a social media platform before the tragedy is under arrest for firearms charges in the District. Jeffrey Clark is charged with illegal possession of high-capacity firearms magazines and unlawful guns and is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a detention hearing.

  • Kids Detained in Bay Area Juvenile Justice System Despite Release Eligibility

    Kids accused of crimes in the Bay Area are being confined in secure detention facilities at high rates pre-trial, even when “risk assessments” find they’re eligible for release, an NBC Bay Area investigation found. Probation departments refer to those cases as “detention overrides,” and since 2017, nearly 2,000 juveniles determined to be safe for release based on their risk assessment score were locked up nonetheless across four Bay Area counties with the highest override rates. Most juvenile probation departments in the Bay Area use a “Detention Risk Assessment Instrument” (DRAI) to determine whether juveniles who are arrested should be held in detention while their cases move through the court system. Kids are scored using the same criteria, mostly to determine if they pose a threat to the community or themselves. Depending on the score, the risk assessment gives a recommendation to either detain or release them. Juvenile justice reform advocates say the tool helps remove bias from detention...

  • Borderline Bar Gunman Posted to Social Media Amid Shooting, Sources Say

    The California bar shooter, around the time the gunfire began, started posting to social media, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC4's I-Team.

  • Porn at Work: Calif. Workers Caught Viewing Explicit Images

    Out of 54 California agencies surveyed by the Investigative Unit, 20 percent had launched internal pornography investigations since 2015. The official term for surfing porn at work is “computer misuse,” and it violates state policy. One Caltrans worker admitted to searching for porn on a regular basis for 15 years. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation investigated 14 employees for downloading sexually explicit material on government devices.

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Awards

2017 Peabody Award
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

2017 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Television
Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Investigating DCS

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Television
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
News Series - Large Market Television
"Injured Heroes, Broken Promises"

2015 National Edward R. Murrow Award
Continuing Coverage - Large Market Television
"Fire in the Attic"

2015 The RTDNA Gannett Foundation
Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism
“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

2014 National Sigma Delta Chi Award - SPJ
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Station
“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises”

2013 National News and Documentary Emmy Award
Outstanding Regional News Story - Investigative Reporting
"Driven to Distraction"

2012 National Sigma Delta Chi Award - SPJ
Investigative Reporting - Large Market Station
"Critical Delays: Dallas County's Response to the West Nile Epidemic"

See all awards won by NBC 5 Investigates here.

 

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