Craig Cheatham

Investigative Reporter

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Craig joined KMOV as a reporter in June 1999. During his nearly 30 year long career, he has covered major earthquakes and storms, climbed the steaming lava dome of Mount St. Helens and pursued convicted killers violating their parole.

Craig's stories have prompted state and federal investigations, changed laws, sent people to prison, and received more than twenty national journalism honors, including the George Foster Peabody award and four Edward R. Murrow awards. He's also a two-time winner of the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the broadcasting equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2002, Craig made the first of four trips to Peru to expose the business practices of a St. Louis company operating a smelter in a small town in the central Andes. A few months after his initial reports aired on KMOV, they were translated into Spanish and played during a Peruvian congressional hearing in Lima. Craig's investigation was honored with six national awards, including the Gerald Loeb award, the Sidney Hillman Prize, an IRE Certificate and an Overseas Press Club citation.

In 2006, Craig's investigation of the East St. Louis school district revealed that the district was violating federal law by failing to provide services for many children with special needs. In addition, he exposed millions of dollars in waste. Craig's investigation prompted the school district to provide services for dozens of special needs students and sparked a major shakeup in personnel. His reports were honored with a Peabody and his second duPont award.

In addition, in its 478 page report on the future of media, the Federal Communications Commission cited Craig's investigation as an example of the "important, high-impact stories in the last decade."

In 2010, Craig received two Edward R. Murrow awards for his investigation of the East St. Louis police department. That investigation forced the resignation of the Police Chief and two members of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, among other changes.

In 2011, Craig received the national Murrow award for the documentary "State of Education." It was part of his investigation of local school districts. That series of stories included an interactive map with the contracts or compensation reports of nearly sixty superintendents. His investigation also revealed wasteful spending on training and travel.

In 2012, Craig won his second consecutive national Murrow award. His series, "Selling St. Louis," investigated the way the region's power brokers sold St. Louis to the rest of the world.

In 2013, Craig won 2 national Murrows. The first was for an investigation of the Cahokia School Board. The second was for the hour-long documentary War Zone: The Destruction of an All-American City. War Zone investigated the impact of corruption in East St. Louis. It also received Craig's second IRE award.

Craig started his career in radio. In 1986, as a 24-year-old reporter, he produced a documentary that prompted services for young child abuse survivors and earned eight national awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy award and his first duPont. Before joining News 4, Craig worked as a reporter and anchor at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon. Craig was born and raised in Louisville. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1984. Craig loves to play sports and watch movies, but his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and their two children.

You can see more of his stories on his Youtube channel.