NBC 6 South Florida announced that it is teaming up with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting to enhance its local investigative reporting capabilities. The new partnership between the non-profit organization and Team 6 Investigators, the station’s new consumer and investigative unit, will include developing stories together, conducting research and investigations and sharing content.
“Since we launched the Team 6 Investigators unit last year, they have been busy enterprising stories and shining a spotlight on issues that affect South Florida,” said Manuel Martinez, NBC 6 President and General Manager. “This new partnership with Florida Center for Investigative Reporting will complement our efforts and strengthen our ability to focus attention on more diverse investigations that are important to our viewers and the community we serve.”
“We're thrilled about the partnership with NBC 6 South Florida as it enhances our accountability reporting mission,” said Sharon Rosenhause, President of the Board of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. “From the start, FCIR has been about collaboration, and this relationship is truly an opportunity for us to help produce more public service journalism and to expand our reach across Florida with two of the state’s important journalism organizations – NBC 6 and its Telemundo sister station.”
The Team 6 Investigators unit launched in 2012 with a mission of getting answers to issues and concerns for South Florida residents. The team serves as a viewer advocacy voice committed to the public interest – uncovering the truth, exposing fraud and acting as a consumer watchdog. Members of the unit include three-time Emmy Award winning journalist, attorney and Gulf War fighter pilot, Willard Shepard, whose legal skills have helped reveal how families can protect their daily finances, home, credit and investments; Myriam Masihy whose investigative reporting has earned six Emmy Awards and helped shut down companies accused of ripping people off; veteran reporter Diana Gonzalez who has won numerous awards including five Emmy Awards, most recently for coverage of medical needs in Haiti after the earthquake; and trained meteorologist and consumer expert, Trina Robinson, who has garnered multiple journalism awards from Emmys to a Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalism.
This partnership with Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is the result of NBC’s longstanding commitment to localism and is the sixth such agreement in the NBC Owned Stations division of NBCUniversal. Similar agreements exist in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Diego.
Founded in 2010, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (www.fcir.org) is a non-profit, digital and bilingual news organization working to expose corruption, waste and inefficiencies of justice. The staff of journalists at Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is dedicated to producing investigative pieces that uphold high standards of fairness and accuracy. Among the numerous awards FCIR received in 2012 are the National Headliner Awards, Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, first place in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Contest, National Awards for Education Reporting and Green Eyeshade Awards.
To view recent reports by Team 6 Investigators and meet the team, please visit: www.nbc6.com/Investigations.
About NBC 6 South Florida/ WTVJ
NBC 6 South Florida / WTVJ is the NBC owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. NBC 6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for more than 60 years. WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism, and pioneering and innovation. Today, NBC 6 produces more than 30 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multi-platform content on NBC6.com and COZI-TV, and continues its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Florida.
Mc Nelly Torres
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting