KATC honored with John Korbel Memorial Award for "Body of Evidence"

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jun 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-27 15:53:54-04

KATC's investigative team has been honored with the John Korbel Memorial Public Service Award in Television Journalism.

KATC's Jim Hummel was presented with the award for Body of Evidence: Cremation Controversy in Louisiana. The story examines permits issued for cremations of homicide victims in Louisiana despite a law that prevents them. The report has also been awarded a regional Emmy Award for Investigative Reporting and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

In the print category, The Current won the Ed Anderson Memorial Award Public Service Award in Print or Online Journalism for "Lafayette Parish's Mounting Housing Crisis."

The competition is held by the Louisiana Professional Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists.

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The award is in memory of John Korbel, a UL professor and long-time journalist who led several Louisiana newsrooms, including KATC's. Korbel died in 2018 at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer.

KATC received the award at the Society of Professional Journalists Louisiana Professional Chapter's awards banquet held Saturday at Walk On's in Lafayette.

Chapter President Sergy Odiduro said the team's work is vital and should be honored.

"What we do is essential in getting out information to the public, helping folks to effect change, and it's important to recognize excellence in getting that information out there."


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