Other winners are NBC stations in Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis; and Atlanta.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for KXAN’s commitment to investigative journalism that holds the powerful accountable and gets results for our viewers,” KXAN president and general manager Eric Lassberg said.
According to KXAN, the station’s coverage led to audits and prompted policy changes.
Staffers involved in the investigation included reporter Brian Collister, investigative producer Joe Ellis, investigative photojournalist Ben Friberg, executive producer Josh Hinkle, news director Chad Cross and digital media manager Robert Sims.
“We’re committed to serving our community by reporting on issues that directly impact people’s lives,” Cross said. “We’re grateful for this recognition of the important work by KXAN’s team of investigators.”
The Austin TV market, which includes 12 Central Texas counties, favored Hillary Clinton in the recent presidential election – but president-elect Donald Trump wasn’t far behind.
New data released this week by Echelon Insights shows that 53.27 percent of voters in Nielsen’s Austin designated market area (or DMA) – Travis, Williamson, Hays, Mason, Llano, Gillespie, Burnet, Blanco, Caldwell, Bastrop, Fayette and Lee counties – cast ballots for Clinton, compared to 40.01 percent for Trump.
The results in other Texas TV markets were, in many cases, much, much different. Abilene, for example, had the highest percentage of Trump votes in the entire country: 79.13 percent.
Here are the results from a few other Texas DMAs:
Dallas: 53.50 percent Trump, 41.80 percent Clinton
Houston: 49.76 percent Trump, 46.06 percent Clinton
San Antonio: 49.36 percent Trump, 46.03 percent Clinton
Bryan/College Station: 61.59 percent Trump, 33.17 percent Clinton
El Paso: 65.17 percent Clinton, 28.53 percent Trump
12/15 update: Cindy Stowell picked up another $8,600 in winnings today.
12/14 update: In her second day on “Jeopardy!” Austin’s Cindy Stowell won $8,199, placing first. Stowell, who taped the episodes in the fall, died earlier this month, before they aired. She’ll be back on tomorrow’s episode.
12/13 update: Austinite Cindy Stowell, who died before an episode of “Jeopardy!” she taped earlier this year could air, placed first on Tuesday’s show, winning $22,801 and a chance to return for another matchup tomorrow.
Original post: An Austin woman battling cancer passed away before she could watch herself compete on “Jeopardy!”
The episode featuring Cindy Stowell was taped in August and is set to air Tuesday, according to CNN.
Stowell was 41.
In Austin, “Jeopardy!” airs weekdays at 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on KXAN.
Producers of the long-running game show told CNN they believe this is the first time a contestant who taped an episode has died before it aired.
Stowell auditioned earlier this year in Oklahoma City.
“Do you have any idea how long it typically takes between an in-person interview and the taping date?” Stowell asked in a message to “Jeopardy!” contestant producer Maggie Speak.
“I ask because I just found out that I don’t have too much longer to live. The doctor’s best guess is about six months,” Stowell wrote.
“If there is the chance that I’d be able to still tape episodes of ‘Jeopardy!’ if I were selected, I’d like to do that and donate any winnings to … charities involved in cancer research.”
While producers and host Alex Trebek knew Stowell was battling cancer, her fellow contestants weren’t told. As is typically the case, the show did not say ahead of time how Stowell fared.
“Competing on ‘Jeopardy!’ was a lifelong dream for Cindy, and we’re glad she was able to do so,” Trebek told CNN in a written statement.
For decades, Ballet Austin’s “Nutcracker’ has served as a valuable training ground for up-and-coming dancers.
This year’s no exception, with about 140 Ballet Austin Academy students set to take part.
One of those dancers is the daughter of CBS Austin news anchor Adela Uchida.
Siobhan, 9, said she’s long wanted to be in “The Nutcracker.”
“I wanted to do this because I like to perform,” the fourth-grader said. “And when I heard in second grade that I could be in ‘The Nutcracker,’ but I had to work hard, my mom told me I could probably do it.”
“I’m very proud of her,” Uchida said. “I had this idea that allowing her to audition would teach her some lessons about hard work paying off, so I was worried about what I was going to say if she didn’t make it. Her reaction when she found out was priceless, though. It was the first time I have seen my child cry in happiness.”
While Uchida said she danced for a time when she was younger, she later switched to running, swimming and soccer. Siobhan, though, looks like she’s sticking with dancing for now.
“I started taking her to see ‘The Nutcracker’ when she was 4,” Uchida said. “We lived in Houston at the time, so it was the Houston Ballet production. We continued the tradition here in Austin – last year we saw the Ballet Austin production at the Long Center and it was so much fun.
“She liked watching the ballerinas in ‘The Nutcracker’ and pre-ballet was offered at her school in the Houston area, so it was a natural thing that she wanted to do. She really started focusing on it this year though, when she realized she could be a part of this production.”
Siobhan, who will dance the role of an angel, said she finds the costumes, in particular, appealing. But that’s not all.
“I love watching people en pointe or trying to get higher (on her feet) and closer to pointe, even though I can’t do pointe yet,” she said. “I want to become famous one day.”
“The Nutcracker” runs through Dec. 23 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, visit balletaustin.org.
KXAN continues to be Austin’s No. 1 choice for TV news, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.
In November, the city’s NBC affiliate had the top-ranked English-language newscasts at 4:30 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
ABC affiliate KVUE placed first at 5 a.m. and in the midday news competition.
ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the network morning show to beat, while “NBC Nightly News” rules the roost at 5:30 p.m. weeknights.
CBS Austin’s new 6:30 p.m. newscast is off to a strong start, already delivering more viewers than “Modern Family,” the program it replaced.
NBC is the top-ranked network in prime time, followed by Fox, ABC, CBS, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.
It was a strong month for sports on Fox 7. Ratings for the Dallas Cowboys grew 26 percent year over year, while Game 7 of the World Series drew more than 180,000 Central Texas households.
November Nielsen ratings
Each ratings point equals 7,712 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.
KXAN: .5 / 6 / 3,856
KVUE: .5 / 5.2 / 3,856
KTBC: .4 / 4 / 3,085
KEYE: .2 / 2.1 / 1,542
KVUE: 1.2 / 10.6 / 9,254
KXAN: 1.1 / 9.7 / 8,483
KEYE: .6 / 5.8 / 4,627
KTBC: .6 / 5.4 / 4,627
KXAN: 2.7 / 15.5 / 20,822
KVUE: 2.2 / 12.7 / 16,966
KTBC: 1.4 / 7.7 / 10,797
KEYE: .9 / 5.2 / 6,941
KTBC: 1.8 / 8 / 13,882
KNVA: .4 / 1.7 / 3,085
KTBC: 1.6 / 6.9 / 12,339
KTBC: 1.6 / 6.7 / 12,339
KEYE: 1 / 4 / 7,712 (‘We Are Austin’)
KVUE: 2.5 / 9.9 / 19,280
KXAN: 2 / 7.4 / 15,424
KTBC: .9 / 3.3 / 6,941
KXAN: 1.3 / 5 / 10,026 (‘Studio 512’)
KXAN: 5.9 / 15 / 45,501
KVUE: 4.2 / 10.7 / 32,390
KTBC: 2.5 / 6.2 / 19,280
KEYE: 1.6 / 4 / 12,339
KXAN: 7.3 / 16.1 / 56,298
KVUE: 4.2 / 9.2 / 32,390
KEYE: 1.8 / 4 / 13,882
KEYE: 1.6 / 3.3 / 12,339
KTBC: 2.2 / 4.1 / 16,966
KNVA: 1 / 1.7 / 7,712
KNVA: .8 / 1.4 / 6,170 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)