Winner 1987

Drake Hospital Investigation


The Drake Hospital Investigation, in the opinion of members of the Peabody Board, is an example of investigative reporting at its best. An able news department at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, headed by news director Jack Calahan, spent two-and-a-half months looking into a series of questionable deaths at Drake Hospital. None of these deaths had been targeted for investigation by local law enforcement authorities. Executive news producer Ed Wilson and anchor/reporter/managing editor Pat Minarcin formed the team that investigated, wrote and produced this outstanding journalistic effort. Graphics and excellent photography made the facts understandable. A conviction resulted. For exceptional service to the public, a Peabody to WCPO-TV for Drake Hospital Investigation.