NEW ORLEANS - Award-winning local reporter Brendan McCarthy is joining WWL-TV’s investigative unit, where he will contribute to Eyewitness News broadcasts and WWLTV.com, the station announced Thursday.
McCarthy, a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, has worked as a crime reporter at The Times-Picayune since 2006. He will join WWL-TV in September.
“I look forward to continue hard-hitting investigative work at WWL,” McCarthy said. “The station’s devotion to in-depth reporting, not just on TV, but on multiple platforms, has me excited to join the team.”
WWL-TV News Director Bill Siegel says McCarthy’s work will translate easily to WWL.
“Brendan is a gifted storyteller, and his reporting has broken new ground in the coverage of crime in New Orleans. Our news organization immediately becomes stronger with his addition as we expand the investigative unit,” Siegel said.
McCarthy will be joining Times-Picayune colleague David Hammer, whose move to WWL-TV was announced last week. They will work with investigative reporter Mike Perlstein and other members of the 4 Investigates reporting staff.
For 5 1/2 years, McCarthy has covered the inner workings of the local criminal justice system and his watchdog journalism has exposed numerous cases of misconduct and abuse.
He was part of a team that uncovered previously unreported police killings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, leading to the indictments and convictions of several officers.
That investigative series was encapsulated in PBS Frontline’s “Law and Disorder” documentary, which garnered the team a George Polk award, among other honors.
As a beat reporter, McCarthy has exposed rampant abuses of police overtime pay, highlighted problems within the department’s off-duty detail system, and brought to light the case of a high-ranking police official who knew about the police killing of civilian Henry Glover but never investigated it. McCarthy also co-authored pieces that revealed U.S. Senator David Vitter’s affair with a prostitute.
McCarthy has also produced pieces of award-winning long-form, narrative journalism for the newspaper. His eight-part series, “Homicide 37,” looked at violence, policing and the city’s criminal justice system through the prism of the unsolved murder of a local teen. That series was named a finalist for a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting.
McCarthy’s other honors include the Mike Berger Award, a national prize conferred by Columbia University for in-depth, human-interest reporting. He was also named a finalist for the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
McCarthy, 30, grew up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and graduated from Emerson College in Boston. He previously wrote for The Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune.