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A Florida television station and a publication focused on military issues will receive American Legion Fourth Estate Awards during the 104th National Convention of the nation’s largest veterans organization in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 31. The Fourth Estate Award has been presented annually by The American Legion since 1958 for outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. Nominations in 2023 were considered in broadcast and print categories. They were selected by the organization’s Media & Communications Commission May 8 and announced today.
Taking top honor in the broadcast category is E.W. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. In a three-part series titled Bogus COVID-19 Testing Clinics Putting Floridians’ Health at Risk Producer Adam Walser led an investigation into pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics that often promised “instant results” to paying customers. One family received an e-mail reporting their “negative” test results while they were still in line waiting to be tested. Another clinic promised results in 15 minutes, when scientific experts said the technology for such a quick reading did not exist at the time. The fraudulent results exposed thousands of people needlessly by giving a false sense of security, likely costing lives.
Walser and the station’s I-Team previously were previously recognized with a Fourth Estate Award in 2021.
The Military Times is being recognized for its 2022 coverage about the harmful effects of burn pits and other toxic exposures on generations of military members. Reporter Leo Shane was often the “go-to” source for veterans service organizations tracking the developments of the Sergeant
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