Tampa, Florida -- The 10 Investigates team that shined a light on short yellow lights has received a George Polk Award in Journalism.
Noah Pransky, Amy Marinec, Paul Thorson and Melissa Rancourt were given the George Polk Award for Local Television Reporting for discovering and disclosing how officials cheated Florida drivers out of millions of dollars in fines by reducing yellow light times that were monitored by cameras.
Pransky and team noticed a fast yellow light at the scene of an accident and pursued the story with more than 40 reports that resulted in officials vowing to legislate the practice out of existence.
10 News joins good investigative company as other award winners exposed the NSA collection of phone records, covered the "Bridgegate" scandal involving Governor Chris Christie, and highlighted homeless children in New York City.
The George Polk Awards in Journalism place a premium on investigative and enterprise reporting that gains attentions and achieves results.
"In the tradition of George Polk, many of the journalists we have recognized did more than report news," said John Darnton, curator of the awards. "They heightened public awareness with perceptive detection and dogged pursuit of stories that otherwise would not have seen the light of day."
That the type of reporting 10 Investigates strives for every day.
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