The 2008 Peabody jurists have recognized award-winning investigative reporter Brett Shipp (WFAA-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX) for his series of stories exposing the alleged inhumane treatment of immigrant women and children at Don T. Hutto Residential Center (Hutto) in Texas. An excerpt from the announcement of the 67th Annual Peabody Awards winners follows,
(Atlanta, GA)—In a strong year for local television news, Dallas` WFAA-TV was especially potent, earning a Peabody for four reports that underscored its commitment to investigative work: Money for Nothing revealed slipshod lending practices by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The Buried and the Dead raised questions about the state of Texas` oversight on the gas pipeline industry. Television Justice looked into a dubiously cozy relationship between a "To Catch a Predator" unit of NBC Dateline and the police in Murphy, Texas. Kinder Prison explored a Homeland Security prison holding immigrant families near Austin, Texas.