25 Investigates earns regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting

Reports focused on a little-known mineral found in concrete that’s causing home foundations to fail in Massachusetts

DEDHAM, Mass. — Honors for an important piece of investigative reporting.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized Boston 25 and the 25 Investigates team for its reports on a mineral found in concrete called pyrrhotite that’s affecting the foundations of homes in Massachusetts.

To date, that mineral has been detected in nearly 2,000 homes in central Massachusetts towns along the Connecticut border, as far east as Holden and Grafton.

“This was an important series that highlighted the issues some New England homeowners were facing. The discovery of pyrrhotite in the foundation of their homes caused foundations to break down, leaving homeowners with costly repairs, and little recourse,” said Boston 25 News Director Sarah Burgess.

“By definition, investigative journalism is uncovering a problem or issue that has been hidden, and our hope is by highlighting issues like this, our 25 Investigates team will be able to make more homeowners and buyers aware of the issue,” said Burgess. “This is a great example of the local journalism our team continues to bring to our audience.”

“Among the most prestigious awards in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community,” according to the RTNDA.

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