WFAA's News 8 Investigates team has been honored with the 2010 George Foster Peabody Award.
Reporter Byron Harris, producer Mark Smith, photojournalist Billy Bryant and vice president/news director Michael Valentine are the recipients of the award.
The award winning series called 'Bitter Lessons' was given the national recognition. The stories were in depth investigative stories that exposed abuse by government-funded 'career' schools. These institutions provided poor training and sometimes left desperate students deeper in debt.
"We are pleased and proud of this national recognition," said Mike Devlin, WFAA's president and general manager. "Even in difficult economic times, the station remains absolutely committed to investigative reporting that makes a difference in the lives of citizens in the North Texas community."
WFAA was awarded one of 39 Peabody Awards from more than 1,000 entries. This marks the seventh time News 8 has been honored with such recognition.
The George Foster Peabody Awards were established in 1940. The Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals.