Newsy wins prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award for ‘A Broken Trust’ investigation

Courtney Lewis
Jun 15 · 3 min read
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Newsy, the national cable and OTT news network owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), is the recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for “A Broken Trust,” its investigation into the lack of justice for survivors of sexual assault on tribal lands.

The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on issues including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world. Past winners include The Washington Post, National Public Radio, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” ABC’s “20/20” and HBO. Newsy was recognized in the domestic television category.

“A Broken Trust,” which debuted on Newsy in 2019, is a harrowing investigation into the racial group most likely to be raped in the U.S. — American Indian and Alaska Native women — uncovering how race, politics and the law have prevented these survivors from finding justice. For an Indigenous sexual assault survivor on tribal lands, their legal status as an “Indian” sends their case through an entirely different justice system, involving federal, tribal and sometimes state authorities and dollars.

Over the course of an 18-month investigation, Newsy uncovered severe breakdowns in investigations and prosecutions of sexual assaults.

From survivors to police, to tribal leaders to federal officials, the Newsy investigation gives a voice to the people involved in this complex system. Documents, reports and dozens of interviews reveal how the federal government, which is legally required to protect tribal communities, has repeatedly failed to adequately fund and staff tribal justice systems and limited the tribes’ abilities to prosecute and sentence sexual crimes to the fullest extent.

“This was far bigger than the story we set out to expose. Instead, what we found was a much more complex, much more nuanced set of issues that is rooted in the very beginnings of the United States,” said Ellen Weiss, vice president and bureau chief of the Scripps Washington Bureau, which partnered with Newsy on the investigation. “‘A Broken Trust’ gives a voice to those who otherwise wouldn’t be heard and lays the foundation to hold those in power accountable.”

The investigation found:

  • Year after year, tribal law enforcement agencies across the country are woefully understaffed.

“A Broken Trust,” reported and produced by Newsy’s Maren Machles, Carrie Cochran and Angela Hill, and independent reporter Suzette Brewer, originally aired on Newsy’s cable channel last fall. It is now available to stream on demand via Newsy’s over-the-top streaming platforms and online at newsy.com. For more details on where to watch, viewers can visit newsy.com/brokentrust.

Newsy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scripps.

About Newsy
Newsy is the leading cross-platform television news network that provides straightforward, opinion- free news to inform and engage by delivering the top stories across every platform. Its content is available on cable; on over-the-top services including Hulu, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Sling TV, Pluto TV, and Google Chromecast; and on connected television including Xumo. Newsy is also available via its mobile apps and at newsy.com.

Media Contact: Kari Wethington, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513–977–3763, kari.wethington@scripps.com

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Courtney Lewis

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Newsy Company News

Be informed — not influenced — with Newsy’s straightforward, opinion-free approach to news. Get the facts without pundits and opinions. For people who aren’t satisfied getting only the loudest part of the story, Newsy delivers honest, in-depth context on stories that matter.

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