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KTVB series on drug corridor wins national Murrow Award

BOISE -- KTVB was honored Tuesday with a national 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for a three-part investigation examining the movement of narcotics across the Mexican border and into the Treasure Valley.

The award was in the small market news series category.

The Corridor series ran in May 2016 after reporter Tami Tremblay and photographer Xanti Alcelay traveled with Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue to Cochise County, Arizona to learn more about how drug traffickers are entering the country and making their way to Idaho. Tremblay and Alcelay worked closely with law enforcement, both locally and in Arizona, to understand the impacts of the drug funnel on Idaho and across the country.

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The series was one of four KTVB stories to receive a regional Murrow Award in April. KTVB was the only Idaho station to win a national Murrow.

"We are proud to be recognized among outstanding journalists across the country," Executive News Director Kate Morris said. "KTVB has long covered the growing drug problem in our community. In this series, we took a multiplatform approach to showing the journey for narcotics from the border to Idaho and the impact they have on our community."

Tegna, KTVB's parent company, won nine total Murrow Awards, drawing praise from CEO and President Dave Lougee.

“Every day, across our company and our nation, our journalists are telling stories that matter to better serve our communities,” Lougee said in a statement. “Through innovative and engaging content across platforms, we are bringing people together by giving them the facts, exposing wrongdoing, changing laws for the better and keeping them informed when it matters most. Congratulations to all of our winners on this outstanding accomplishment.”

The three-part series is available below:

PART ONE - The Corridor: Mexican border acts as gateway for Idaho-bound drugs

PART TWO - The Corridor: All roads lead to Idaho

PART THREE - The Corridor: Drugs impact schools, lives in the Treasure Valley