Duane Pohlman (Class of '82)
Chief Investigative Reporter
WEWS-TV NewsChannel 5
DUANE POHLMAN is the chief investigative reporter for
WEWS-TV in Cleveland.
Over the past eighteen years, his investigations at stations across
the country have triggered major changes.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Pohlman aired award-winning
investigations of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacy groups and
on a housing authority covering up the carbon monoxide deaths of a
mother and her son and for his coverage from Saudi Arabia of the first
Gulf War, “Operation Desert Storm.”
In Milwaukee, Pohlman won numerous awards for an expose dealing
with the lack of security at the Zion Nuclear Power Plant and for an
in-depth examination of the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
In Seattle, Pohlman captured on tape city workers shredding key tax
documents, developed the first practical test for arsenic absorption
that led to a voluntary ban of a popular treated wood, changed
Washington State’s sex offender law after he proved homeless sex
predators were living in apartments near child care facilities and
uncovered a stolen baby trade from Guatemala to the United States.
In Cleveland, Pohlman’s investigations have changed the way Social
Security handles disability requirements, triggered a change in Ohio's
sex offender law and helped create new security measures at Hopkins
International Airport. His recent investigations, from questionable real
estate practices by a city councilman to out-of-control spending by
managers at a drug rehab clinic, have resulted in suspensions and
substantial investigations by federal, state and local authorities. His
latest investigation of the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office has
revealed homes missing from the tax rolls and questionable reductions in
Pohlman was just named the Best Reporter in Ohio (2006) by the Ohio
Associated Press Broadcasters. In the past four years in Cleveland,
Pohlman was named “The Best Reporter in Ohio” by the Society of
Professional Journalists, who also have awarded him the top prize for
Best Social Justice Reporting in 2004 and 2005. The Associated Press has
awarded his work with Best Investigative Reporting in 2004 and 2005 and
Best Enterprise Reporting in 2004. Pohlman just received 2 Emmys for
General Reporting and for Service News.
He has won more than 70 national, regional and state awards and has
been named Reporter of the Year in 2 other states.
Pohlman currently serves on the board of directors for
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. IRE is a grassroots
nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of
Duane also serves on the Board of Governors for the
National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) --
Cleveland Chapter. It is NATAS which presents the
highest award given in television, the Emmy Award.
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