Winner 1987

Inside Bridgewater


One of the great things about living in the United States is enjoyment of the freedom our radio and television stations and our newspapers have to investigate problem areas which may affect the public. More than a year ago the news department of WCVB-TV, Boston, began to look behind the closed doors of the Massachusetts State Hospital for the Criminally Insane (“Bridgewater,” as it is commonly known.) What they found was reflected in an intensive series of special reports that documented many of the things going on inside the Bridgewater walls. As a result of this investigation many citizens of Massachusetts were shocked, the Governor sought additional funding to help relieve some of the problems, and the legislature passed legislation which addressed the situation. For this insightful investigation and the results which grew out of it, a Peabody Award for Inside Bridgewater.