Winner 1988

Hate Crimes: America’s Cancer

KMOX Radio

In today’s radio world it is easy for station management to avoid dealing with the really thorny problems that have come to beset most communities. In this instance KMOX Radio, under the able management of Robert Hyland, chose to use the exceptional news team managed by John Angelides to explore whether minority families are still experiencing harassment (and sometimes violence). As a result of this inquiry the KMOX news department produced a documentary report that highlighted the gains made in race relations in St. Louis but also reported the continuing failures. Ultimately the issue became one of considerable importance for the state lawmakers who voted an ethnic intimidation bill into law. For positive results in a difficult area, a Peabody Award to KMOX Radio, St. Louis.