WRBL’s 11 p.m. News did not lead with a predictable list of wrecks, fires, and crimes last night. It led with a solid piece of investigative journalism, something that I am afraid gets little attention by a lot of local stations, not just in Columbus, but around the country.
Sydney Cameron’s digging paid off with a very informative report, “The No-bid Deal.” It was a look at the controversial Muscogee County School Board’s practice of not using the bidding process in hiring a law firm.
It was a well-balanced report, giving time to both sides of the controversy. To me, it is a very important controversy, because it involves the issues of the way our tax dollars are being spent and transparency in government.
Last night’s report is one of the best investigative reports I have seen on local TV in a long time. And it’s not over. More reports on this issue are promised. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this series win some broadcast journalism awards.