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NBC 5 Investigates is a nationally recognized, award-winning investigative team led by senior investigative reporter Scott Friedman, investigative producer Jack Douglas Jr., investigative photographer Jose Sanchez and law enforcement expert Don Peritz Jr. The team formed in 2012 and has been honored with many national awards including a George Foster Peabody Award, four Edward R. Murrow awards, two Sigma Delta Chi awards, a national Emmy and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. NBC 5 Investigates works countless hours tackling tough issues by holding the powerful accountable and making Dallas/Fort Worth a better place to live. Scroll down to learn more about each team member of NBC 5 Investigates.
NBC 5 Investigates was honored by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with the George Foster Peabody Award for its extensive series, “Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride.” MORE
NBC 5 Investigates honored with 2017 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for "Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride." MORE
NBC 5 Investigates honored with a 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 is Senior Investigative Reporter at KXAS-TV the NBC owned television station in Dallas-Fort Worth. Scott leads the station’s “NBC 5 Investigates” team that exposes critical safety concerns, uncovers government waste and holds officials accountable. His investigative reporting has been recognized with some of broadcasting’s top national honors including a Peabody Award, five national Edward R. Murrow Awards, an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award, two national SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards and a national News and Documentary Emmy for outstanding regional investigative report. Scott's investigations have also been featured on NBC Nightly News and Today on NBC. Scott’s Peabody Award-winning investigation of financial troubles at Dallas County Schools (DCS) exposed a web of corruption, staggering financial mismanagement, hidden personal relationships and conflicts of interest inside an agency that transported tens of thousands of children to school each day. The Texas Legislature, governor and voters acted swiftly to close DCS and the superintendent who ran the agency pleaded guilty to accepting $3 million of bribes and kickbacks in exchange for government contracts. For more than a year, Scott’s team investigated care for injured, active duty U.S. Army soldiers, in partnership with The Dallas Morning News. The series uncovered hundreds of complaints from injured troops describing mistreatment, harassment, verbal abuse and a lack of care from commanders of U.S. Army Warrior Transition Units (WTUs). Within days of the station’s first reports, the U.S. Army ordered new training for commanders of all 25 WTUs worldwide, aimed at better treating injured troops with dignity and respect. The U.S. House Armed Services Committee also ordered a Government Accountability office (GAO) investigation. Scott’s nine month long investigation of crashes and injuries caused by police officers using dashboard mounted computers while driving led to changes in local police department policies, and became training material for law enforcement agencies across the country. Scott joined KXAS-TV in 2006 reporting and later anchoring the station’s weekday morning newscast, “NBC 5 Today”. In 2012, he helped launch “NBC 5 Investigates”. Previously Scott was an investigative reporter and news anchor at WTMJ-TV (NBC) in Milwaukee and a reporter at WNDU-TV (NBC) in South Bend, Indiana. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Jack Douglas Jr. is native North Texan and an award-winning journalist in both broadcast and newspapers. He has covered the Branch Davidian standoff outside Waco; the Florida chad count in the 2000 presidential race; the 9/11 attacks in New York City; the Oklahoma City bombing; Katrina in New Orleans; and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Tex. Before joining NBC 5 Investigates, he worked for Dateline NBC, the McClatchy Newspapers Washington Bureau, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Post, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and the Texarkana Gazette.
Jose Sanchez is an award winning photojournalist/editor who has been capturing images in local TV for almost 20 years. Jose moved to Dallas in April 2002 and joined KXAS in 2013 as part of the consumer investigative team. In 2014, he was awarded a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his use of video. He began his career in El Paso TX, where he won several Associated Press awards in Sports, Investigative and Editing categories. Jose has also received several Emmy awards in the Lone Star Emmy Chapter.
Don joined the NBC 5 news team in 2013 as an Assignments / Investigative Editor and Researcher, where he specializes in breaking news and investigative stories after nearly 35 years as a well-respected and highly decorated North Texas law enforcement official. He is a former Dallas County Sheriff’s Administrative Senior Sergeant, who brings a wealth of real-world police training and personal street experience to NBC 5 with his direct involvement in a number of high profile field and leadership assignments during his career. In 2017 Don received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for his teamwork in covering the 2016 Dallas Police Officer Ambush and is a four-time Lone Star Emmy Award winner. Don holds a number of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement certifications and licenses, including Master Texas Peace Officer, arson investigation, advanced accident investigation, and firearms instructor certification.
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