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PBS show highlights Gazette reporter's Sago coverage

An episode of a PBS show that focuses on The Charleston Gazette's coverage of the 2006 Sago Mine disaster and safety standards in the coal-mining industry can be watched online or on TV in the coming weeks.

"EXPOSÉ: America's Investigative Reports" showcases "some of the most important investigative journalism in America," according to its Web site.

The half-hour "Sustained Outrage" season finale premiered on WVPBS Thursday night.

The episode focuses on Gazette reporter Ken Ward Jr.'s in-depth look at coal mining safety after the Sago disaster.

"When mine disasters happen, the national news media comes running," the show's blog points out. "But through careful data analysis, reporter Ken Ward Jr. of the Charleston Gazette found most miners killed on the job don't die in disasters that get national attention -- rather most who are killed die alone."

The title of the show's episode comes from a speech by the Gazette's legendary late Publisher W.E. Chilton III. In 1983, Chilton said that "the hallmark of crusading journalism is sustained outrage. I'm not talking about spurts of indignation or vituperative anger. I'm talking about sustained outrage over basic injustices and fundamental idiocies. I think we've allowed our minds and our spirits to become three-piece suited. We're too conscious of our position in the community. We're timid about expressing our opinion, especially if it is sustained strong opinion."

Click here to watch the episode online.

The "Sustained Outrage" episode repeats on W.Va. Public Broadcasting at 3 a.m. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 14.


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