9NEWS Vice President and News Director Patti Dennis said, "What 9Wants to Know does better than anyone else is to be an advocate for people whose voices often go ignored and unheard. 9Wants to Know represents the essence of teamwork and they continually set the standard for the very best in broadcast journalism."
The national nomination comes in one of only two regional categories, Outstanding Regional News Story - Investigative Reporting, for the 9Wants to Know investigative series, "Foreclosure Woes." In addition to the duPont winning piece, 9Wants to Know submitted two other stories related to the ongoing mortgage crisis in Colorado. One piece details the detrimental effects on neighborhoods and property values where rundown, bank-owned properties are left in varying states of disrepair. Still another story demonstrates how banks refusing potentially money-saving short sales in favor of foreclosure end up actually losing money selling those houses at greatly-reduced prices.
The advocacy effect of these pieces caused banks to restore their blighted properties and change their own internal procedures to consider short sales over foreclosure. "Foreclosure Woes" additionally won the 2010 Heartland Chapter Emmy Award in the Investigative Series category. 9NEWS joins the Detroit Free Press as the only two Gannett properties recognized with nominations by the National Academy.
The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, September 26, 2011, at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.
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