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WMAQ Beefs Up Investigative Unit as NBCU Doubles Down on Local News

NBC O&Os are doubling down on investigative reporting.

Last month NBC Universal announced that it planned to hire for more than 130 positions across its 10 stations and it appears that a significant number of those hires will be committed to bolstering the stations’ investigative units.

Last week, veteran investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski announced that he was leaving KMGH for a “great opportunity” with NBC’s KNTV in San Francisco.  And this week WMAQ in Chicago announced the hiring of Peabody Award winner Katy Smyse, who will be one of two new investigative producers at the station.

“Quite simply, we believe our ability to develop more exclusive and impactful local stories will help us attract more viewers to our newscasts,” WMAQ vice president and general manager Frank Whittaker told Robert Feder.

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Veteran Investigative Reporter Tony Kovaleski Leaving KMGH for ‘Great Opportunity’ at KNTV

Veteran investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski is leaving Denver’s KMGH after more than a decade with the station to join KNTV in the Bay Area.

“I wasn’t going to leave Denver for anything but a great opportunity,” Kovaleski told the Denver Post, adding that NBC’s KNTV is “committed to building the biggest and best investigative unit in the Bay Area.”

Kovaleski grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from San Jose State University.  Since joining KMGH in May of 2011, he has brought home a number of awards, including several Emmys, and was twice named “Best Specialty Reporter” by the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Read more

Denver’s KMGH, Chicago’s WMAQ Win News & Documentary Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its 32nd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards last night, and while most of the awards categories were for national news (read about those winners over at TVNewser), Chicago’s WMAQ and Denver’s KMGH were both honored with Emmys in regional categories.

WMAQ’s 10 p.m. newscast won the Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category for their coverage of the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal. WMAQ, which is an NBC owned-and-operated station, beat out Nashville’s WSMV, the only other nominee in spot news.

Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH won the Emmy for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category for Tony Kovaleski‘s report called “33 Minutes to 34 Right.” Other nominees in the investigative reporting category were KHOU in Houston, KUSA in Denver, WTHR in Indianapolis and WVUE in New Orleans.

Read the full list of winners here.