KLAS-TV, Las Vegas: “Desert Underwater” | 2013 duPont-Columbia Award Winner

For this exemplary series about the ongoing foreclosure crisis that has hit Nevada harder than any other state in the country, KLAS committed significant time and resources. Starting with a two-week long news series with reports in every newscast, they continued with a comprehensive hour-long special report and a massive online resource base culled from financial reports and government statistics, including practical information to help homeowners navigate the brutal foreclosure process. In clear language, reporters explain the mechanics of foreclosures – practices like “robo signing” – and the lack of government regulation that allowed predatory lenders to profit from the crisis.

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