October 2, 2012 | CUNY Graduate School of JournalismAngela Hill has become the first graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to win not just one but two Emmy awards, for her work on a three-part ABC News report entitled “Peace Corps – A Trust Betrayed.”
The piece, which aired on the program “20/20,” captured prizes on Oct. 1 in the categories of Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a News Magazine and Best Report in a News Magazine. Hill was field producer for the Brian Ross Investigative Unit team that conducted the 10-month probe into the 2009 murder of 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey in West Africa.
The story uncovered a systemic failure to protect Peace Corps volunteers who were victims of sexual assault and the whistleblowers who tried to report the incidents. Ross and company traveled to remote villages in Benin to investigate Puzey’s murder and began to unravel a disturbing legacy of cover-up and betrayal inside the Peace Corps.
Their investigation led to historic changes, including a new law, The Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, requiring the Peace Corps to protect whistleblowers, hire advocates for victims, and improve the training of volunteers to reduce the risk of sexual assault.
The series also won a 2011 George Polk Award for Television Reporting.